Microsoft Corp. ( MSFT - Get Report)  shares rose 0.2% in premarket trading to $74.81 after the tech giant topped estimates on its top and bottom lines for its fiscal fourth quarter. Adjusted earnings in the quarter were 98 cents a share, which included a gain of 23 cents a share from the write-down of Microsoft's money-losing Windows Phone business. Analysts predicted the company would earn 71 cents a share in the quarter.
 
Revenue rose 13% from a year earlier to $24.7 billion, higher than Wall Street projections of $24.3 billion. The company's Intelligent Cloud unit, which contains its Azure cloud platform and Windows Server product, saw sales jump 11% to $7.4 billion, beating consensus estimates of $7.3 billion. Microsoft doesn't break out results for its Azure cloud platform but noted that revenue at Azure increased 97% year over year in the quarter.

Under CEO Satya Nadella's leadership, Microsoft has embarked on a major transition toward becoming a cloud computing giant.

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