Microsoft Posts Earnings Beat On Solid Cloud Results, But Guidance Disappoints

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Microsoft posted better-than-expected results for the December quarter, driven by strength in cloud computing. But the strong results were tempered by disappointing guidance for the March quarter.

While the company saw weakness in its PC software business, Microsoft (ticker: MSFT) posted solid results in cloud computing and enterprise applications. In particular, the Azure public cloud business beat Wall Street growth estimates, which is a relief to investors nervous about the outlook for corporate IT spending.

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