Microsoft wins huge AT&T Azure cloud contract

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and AT&T CEO John Donovan

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and AT&T CEO John Donovan

For Microsoft's part, the company will also gain a partner to sell its edge computing services, which will help software developers write programs for situations like factories whose machines are fitted with sensors to collect data or retail stores fitted with sensors and cameras to help keep inventories up to date. The new streaming service, xCloud, could be yet another channel of subscription revenue for Microsoft when the platform rolls out later this year.

Microsoft has announced a major new partnership with AT&T that could net the company as much as $2 billion.

The results showed the "strongest commercial quarter ever", for Microsoft, said chief financial officer Amy Hood.

"AT&T and Microsoft are among the most committed companies to fostering technology that serves people", said AT&T CEO John Donovan. IBM also will be helping manage AT&T's hybrid cloud infrastructure, and AT&T Business is making IBM the primary provider of software-defined networking for the company.

Among the innovations awaiting those who will visit the Gamescom 2019 Xbox booth there will be stations to try out Bleeding Edge, Battletoads and the Definitive Edition of Age of Empires 2, but also third-party video games such as Borderlands 3, Doom Eternal, NBA 2K20 and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint.

A reason is likely that the latest generation Xbox console that debuted almost six years ago is getting "long in the tooth", with a successor on the horizon, Moorhead said.

Inside Xbox is Microsoft's take on the increasingly popular online presentations publishers use to showcase upcoming game releases and related announcements.

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Xbox head Phil Spencer pulled back the curtain on "Project Scarlett", a successor to the Xbox One that will give game makers "the power they need to bring their creative visions to life". The system is reportedly due for release in holiday 2020, so there's probably no reason why it won't be at next year's Gamescom.

Xbox battles in the console gaming arena with Sony, which is working on a new generation PlayStation.

Lastly, at Xbox, we believe that gaming should be safe, inclusive, and accessible for all, and in that spirit we're excited to announce that our booth is even more accessible to fans at the show this year.

Elsewhere, Office Consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 6%, with Office 365 Consumer subscriber numbers rising to 34.8 million.

In addition to their technology efforts, AT&T and Microsoft also said they would work together on technology-enabled approaches and solutions aimed at social good.

Surface revenue growth was "surprising" considering the overall personal computer market was flat, according to Moorhead.

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