What you need to know
- Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased by 15% driven by Office 365 Commercial revenue growth of 17%
- With innovations in Copilot, Teams, and other commercial products Office365 users have increased.
- Microsoft's push to innovate its commercial productivity offering with AI seems to be paying off.
Microsoft's most recent earnings report just released and was full of great news for the company while a lot of other tech companies are struggling to break even. While the Copilot integration into Office365 is still in its early stages, and there have been small changes to many of Microsoft's commercial products that have improved productivity. With Microsoft's decision to put Copilot into everything, Microsoft has been betting it all and while the actual implementation isn't very far along, it seems that enterprises are seeing the writing on the wall and starting to gravitate towards Office365 products.
While it's hard to quantify what 400 million paid users mean without being able to compare it to other similar commercial productivity suites, it does seem to be a large amount of growth for Microsoft. The company continues to soar ahead as it recently became the most valuable company in the U.S.
Is Microsoft's Copilot plan paying off?
There isn't much to celebrate here unless you are a Microsoft shareholder, that being said it's good to see a company that makes products we love continue to diversify its portfolio and push for growth by actual innovation rather than drastic price increases. It's great that Microsoft has 400 million paid users for its commercial Office365 products. It shows that corporations continue to invest in productivity and believe in the AI future that Copilot is promising.
As the above quote talks about, many companies are moving to invest in Office 365, and it seems to be on the back of Copilot and Teams improvements.
While Microsoft has been getting raked through the coals for the recent layoffs of 1900 employees from the gaming division, it looks like it has weathered that storm, and the earnings reports shed further light on the need for those layoffs. It is fantastic to see each division in Microsoft able to carry its weight while other large corporations have substantial loss leaders being carried by one division.
Will AI continue to push growth for Microsoft?
The future looks bright for Microsoft as it continues its push to be the leader in AI. We recently discussed how Microsoft is looking to differentiate itself from OpenAI's ChatGPT so that it might be able to survive if all of the lawsuits against OpenAI and Microsoft don't go their way. Suppose Microsoft can weather the legal storm headed its way due to copyright infringement, as well as the moral and ethical issues that came up last week with explicit AI images of Taylor Swift popping up online. In that case, Microsoft has a winner on its hands.
I don't think AI has had that watershed moment yet that makes it irresistible to the mainstream. However, from a productivity standpoint, it can benefit small tasks, especially programming.
If Microsoft can find that one use case that makes Copilot a necessary part of daily life for the entire globe, then Microsoft shareholders will have even more reason to celebrate than they do today.
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If you don't have an Office365 subscription yet, it's a great time to pick it up. Copilot integration is only getting better, and while commercial customers have to pay quite a bit extra for Copilot, so far consumers are getting Copilot features for free on top of their Office 365 subscriptions.
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Co-pilot (like most other LLM based apps) is to all intents and purposes, betaware or, in modern terminology: early access. The real products are still a year or more away.Reply
Basically MS is staking out its turf in their tried and true strategy of "What's mine is mine--enterprise accounts--and what's yours is negotiable." Now they have to backfill their claims to keep what they've marked out. And that's just the beginning.
While many wonder about LLM uses at the consumer level, MS is looking in other directions, where a lot of negotiation is going on, mostly unnoticed, like the deals they've cooked with Siemens, Rockwell, and others for *industrial* uses of the tech. That is new ground for MS. And don't forget NUANCE...
Copilot has not even really available yet for corporate customers (and is an additional monthly $ fee) - so I think attributing the Office365 users to Copilot is a long bow at this early stage - and more a justification of the very very large spend thus far.Reply