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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Photo: Microsoft

As was the case with Intel, Microsoft reported earnings Thursday that topped Wall Street expectations even as the PC business remained flat.

The bottom line: Microsoft's strength continues to be its cloud computing area, with its business cloud generating $20 billion in annualized revenue, reaching that milestone ahead of a goal set two years ago.

The software giant reported per-share earnings of 84 cents, ahead of consensus estimates of around 72 cents, while revenue of came in at $24.5 billion, ahead of Zacks consensus projection of $23.5 billion

Here are some other highlights:

  • Microsoft's Office commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 10%, as revenue from its Office 365 service for businesses grew 42%.
  • Sales of Windows for new PCs were up 4%, ahead of the flat PC market.
  • Microsoft saw sales from its Surface PC line up 12 percent, while gaming revenue from its Xbox unit was largely flat.
  • LinkedIn accounted for about $1.1 billion of Microsoft's revenue.

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Updated 18 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day.
  2. Politics: Top HHS spokesperson pitched coronavirus ad campaign as "helping the president" — Space Force's No. 2 general tests positive for coronavirus.
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases.
  4. Sports: MLB to investigate Dodgers player who joined celebration after positive COVID test.
  5. 🎧Podcast: The vaccine race turns toward nationalism.

The norms around science and politics are cracking

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Crafting successful public health measures depends on the ability of top scientists to gather data and report their findings unrestricted to policymakers.

State of play: But concern has spiked among health experts and physicians over what they see as an assault on key science protections, particularly during a raging pandemic. And a move last week by President Trump, via an executive order, is triggering even more worries.

Ina Fried, author of Login
2 hours ago - Technology

Apple sets September quarter sales record despite later iPhone launch

Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking at the Apple 12 launch event in October. Photo: Apple

Apple on Thursday reported quarterly sales and earnings that narrowly exceeded analysts estimates as the iPhone maker continued to see strong demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

What they's saying: The company said response to new products, including the iPhone 12 has been "tremendously positive" but did not give a specific forecast for the current quarter.