The world's largest software maker
) announced that it won customers such as Domino's Pizza, Xerox
India and Pedcor Co. for its cloud and server services, Windows
The Windows Server Hyper-V infrastructure software equips
organizations with advanced cloud-based technologies that
increase the efficiency of their operations by solving complex
business challenges and improving resource allocation. It also
facilitates communication and collaboration among companies and
reduces IT expenses of these organizations and partners across
The suite won on different counts at these players. Domino's
Pizza deployed Windows Server Hyper-V to manage its in-store
servers, which will make Domino's Pulse point-of-sale (POS)
application run smoothly. The server system was initially
deployed at 750 stores with another 4,000 around the world
expected to join soon. Following the installation of the system,
virtualization-related desk calls have reduced 99% at
The Xerox India Development Center ("IDC"), which supports its
customers' software development activities all over the world,
deployed the service to collaborate efficiently with its
Further, Pedcor Co. replaced its
) infrastructure with a Microsoft private cloud, built with
Windows Server and System Center to improve its datacenter
availability and install an efficient communication system for
its employees located in 77 remote offices.
Currently, just like other PC makers, Microsoft is also
battling the slump in the PC market caused by the sluggish
economy. In addition, the popularity of smartphones and tablets
) have been cannibalizing its core PC market. However, its server
and tools business remains as strong as ever, which is evident
from the series of wins it has announced in the recent past.
Microsoft remains one of the best positioned software vendors,
given its wide range of products, emerging markets strength,
continued technology deployment at data centers and growth in
cloud computing. We believe that Microsoft's current investments
are supported by its strong balance sheet and expect these to
drive the next growth phase, improving prospects of market share
Microsoft reported revenues, excluding deferrals, of $21.46
billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, up 34.0%
sequentially and 2.7% from last year, in line with our estimates.
All except the Entertainment & Devices segment grew both
sequentially and from the year-ago quarter.
Microsoft has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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