Results driven by strong demand for enterprise products, including cloud services
- Progress in devices and consumer businesses
- Surface revenue $400 million
- Windows OEM Pro revenue grew 6%
- Over 2 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers
- Windows Phone growing share and expanding device portfolio
- Xbox One will launch on November 22nd
- Ongoing strength in enterprise
- Commercial revenue grew 10%, with strong annuity growth and healthy renewals
- Commercial Office revenue grew 11% and Server product revenue grew 12%
- Continued momentum in data platform and unified communications
- Commercial cloud revenue grew 103% and also expanded gross margin
Revenue increased, mainly due to higher Commercial Licensing, D&C Hardware, and Commercial Other revenue. Revenue was also impacted by the timing of revenue deferrals.
Operating income increased, reflecting higher revenue and lower general and administrative expenses, offset in part by higher cost of revenue, sales and marketing expenses, and research and development expenses. Key changes in cost of revenue and operating expenses were:
• Cost of revenue increased $946 million or 23%, primarily due to Surface product costs, as well as higher datacenter and headcount-related expenses.
• Sales and marketing expenses increased $359 million or 12%, due mainly to increased advertising of Windows Phone 8 and Surface and higher headcount-related expenses, as well as due to higher fees paid to third-party enterprise software advisors.
• Research and development expenses increased $307 million or 12%, due mainly to higher capitalization of certain costs in the prior year.
• General and administrative expenses decreased $117 million or 10%, primarily due to lower legal charges.