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Cloud computing lifted Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation Report to a fiscal second-quarter earnings beat on Wednesday.

Earnings per share came to $0.96 on a non-Gaap basis, well above forecasts of 87 cents per share, according to analysts polled by FactSet. Revenues increased 12% to $28.9 billion, topping expectations of $28.4 billion.

Microsoft shares were up by less than 1% to $95.01 in after-hours trading.

CEO Satya Nadella said that Microsoft's investments in the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and other areas would accelerate growth in the future. 

Azure revenue grew 98% in the quarter, though Microsoft does not break out revenues for the cloud computing unit. Azure helped drive a 56% increase in Microsoft's commercial cloud revenues, which came to $5.5 billion in the quarter.

Look for more detail on the cloud computing competition on Thursday, when Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report reports results for Google Cloud Platform and Amazon (AMZN) - Get, Inc. Report discloses results for Amazon Web services.

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Revenues from LinkedIn, which Microsoft acquired for $26.2 billion in 2016, grew 475% to $1.3 billion.

The Xbox One X launch drove a 14% gain in sales of the gaming consel, and an 8% gain in gaming revenue. 

Microsoft's cash and equivalents hit $142.8 billion, much of it overseas. 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act resulted in a $13.8 billion net charge on a Gaap basis, Microsoft said.

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