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Microsoft Corp (MSFT 1.30%)
Q2 2020 Earnings Call
Jan 29, 2020, 5:30 p.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Welcome to the Microsoft Fiscal Year 2020 Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

I'd like to turn the call over to Mike Spencer, General Manager of Investor Relations. Thank you. Please proceed.

Michael Spencer -- General Manager of Investor Relations

Good afternoon and thank you for joining us today. On the call with me are Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer; Amy Hood, Chief Financial Officer; Frank Brod, Chief Accounting Officer; and Keith Dolliver, Deputy General Counsel.

On the Microsoft Investor Relations website, you can find our earnings press release and financial summary slide deck, which is intended to supplement our prepared remarks during toady's call and provides a reconciliation of differences between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures. Unless otherwise specified, we'll refer to non-GAAP metrics on the call. The non-GAAP financial measures provided should not be considered as a substitute for or superior to the measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. They are included as additional clarifying items to aid investors in further understanding the Company's second quarter performance in addition to the impact these items and events have on the financial results.

All growth comparisons we make on the call today relate to the corresponding period of last year, unless otherwise noted. We also provide growth rates in constant currency when available as a framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed, excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. Where growth rates are the same in constant currency, we refer to growth rate only.

We will post our prepared remarks to our website immediately following the call, until the complete transcript is available. Today's call is being webcast live and recorded. If you ask a question, it'll be included in our live transmission, in the transcript, and in any future use of the recording. You can replay the call and view the transcript on the Microsoft Investor Relations website.

During this call, we will be making forward-looking statements, which are predictions, projections, or other statements about future events. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could materially differ because of factors discussed in today's earnings press release and the comments made during this conference call, and in the risk factor sections of our Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q, and other reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statement.

And with that, I'll turn the call over to Satya.

Satya Nadella -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Mike. It was another strong quarter with double-digit top and bottom line growth, driven by the strength of our commercial cloud. Stepping back from the quarter and reflecting more broadly on the next decade, the defining secular trend will be the increasing rate of digitization of people, places and things. This malleable power of software will drive productivity growth across all industries, leading to more inclusive economic growth far beyond the domains of consumer tech today. Tech spend as a percentage of GDP is projected to double over the next decade. At Microsoft, we are focused on building the most differentiated tech stack to enable every organization in every industry to build their own digital capability and tech intensity, with a business model that is trusted and aligned with their success in this new era.

Now, I'll briefly highlight our innovation momentum, starting with Azure. Every customer will need a distributed computing fabric across the cloud and the edge, to power their mission-critical workloads and meet regulatory, as well as operational sovereignty needs. We have more datacenter regions than any other cloud provider and will be the first to open in Israel and Qatar, expanding our footprint to 56 in total. Azure is the only cloud that offers consistency across operating models, development environments, and infrastructure stack, enabling customers to bring cloud compute and intelligence to any connected or disconnected environment.

This quarter, we expanded our portfolio of edge appliances. Azure Stack Edge brings rapid machine learning inferencing closer to where data is generated, and the new ruggedized Azure Stack form factors provide cloud capabilities in even the harshest of conditions, like disaster response.

With Azure Arc, we are defining the next generation of hybrid computing. Arc is an industry-first control plane built for a multi-cloud, multi-edge world, helping partners like HPE meet their customers' complex hybrid needs. Our differentiated approach across the cloud and edge is winning customers. The U.S. Department of Defense chose Azure to support our men and women in uniform at home, abroad and at their tactical edge.

And our exclusive partnership with SAP makes Azure the preferred destination for every SAP customer with large migrations in every industry from Accenture to Coca-Cola, to Rio Tinto, to Walgreens Boots Alliance.

We're also going beyond conventional computing architecture, ushering in a new era with Azure Quantum, a full stack, open ecosystem that enables customers like Ford Motor Company to apply the power of quantum computing today.

There will be 175 zettabytes of data by 2025, up from 40 zettabytes today. Processing this data in real-time will be an operational imperative for every organization. Azure Synapse is our limitless analytics service. It brings together big data analytics and data warehousing with unmatched performance, scale and security. In concert with Power BI, it enables data scientists to generate immediate insights from structured and unstructured data and build custom AI models. Walgreens Boots Alliance is using Synapse to analyze more than 200 million item-store combination, so millions of customers can rely on items always being in stock.

In AI, we are seeing rapid adoption across our comprehensive portfolio of AI tools, infrastructure and services. 6 billion transactions on Azure Cognitive Services each month. 7 billion documents processed daily with Azure Cognitive Search. 2 billion predictions a month using Azure Machine Learning. And 3,500 new conversational agents bots created each week with Azure Bot Service. Nationwide is using Azure Bot Service to simplify how millions of customers submit claims, and KPMG is using Azure Cognitive Services to transcribe and catalog thousands of hours of calls, reducing compliance costs for its clients by as much as 80%.

Now, to security. Cybercrime will cost businesses, governments and individuals $1 trillion this year. We are the only company that offers integrated end-to-end identity, security and compliance solutions to protect people and organizations, spanning identity management, devices, cloud apps, data and infrastructure. Recent CIO surveys affirm our leadership and strong structural position and customers from Maersk to Vodafone are increasingly turning to us to simplify security integration and speed their responses to issues.

Four months since launch, more than 3,500 customers already rely on Azure Sentinel to detect and mitigate threats. It's early days, and we are accelerating our investments.

Now, on to developer tools. From Azure DevOps to Visual Studio to GitHub, we offer the most complete developer tool chain, independent of language, framework or cloud. New capabilities make it easier for any developer to go from idea to code and from code to cloud. Developers can collaborate on the go with new GitHub mobile app and GitHub Security Lab addresses the important need to keep open source software secure. More than 10,000 developers at Adobe are using GitHub to collaborate and create software. Stripe is using GitHub to build the online payment platform of choice for millions of customers, and Chipotle is using our dev tools to power their online ordering system.

Now, on to Power platform. We are empowering, not only professional developers, but those closest to the business problem, from citizen developers to businesses -- business decision makers with no-code, low-code tools, so they can create apps and intelligent workflows that solve unique needs. Today, 2.6 million citizen developers use Power platform to make better decisions using self-service analytics, building mobile app, automate a business process or even create a virtual agent, all with no coding experience.

We're innovating in robotic process automation. Power Automate enables customers to turn manual tasks into automated workflows and Power Virtual Agents enables anyone to build an intelligent bot with just point and click. TruGreen, the largest lawn care company in the United States is using both these solutions to handle customer inquiries and take action.

Now, on to Dynamics 365. The competitiveness of every business going forward will be defined by their ability to harness the full value of their data. Dynamics 365 enables organizations from -- to move from reactive siloed transactional processes to proactive, repeatable and predictable business outcomes. Dynamics 365 Customer Insights, that's layered and built on Azure Synapse, is the only customer data platform operating at scale today. AEP Energy is using it to unify first and third-party customer data to increase upsell and reduce churn.

In retail, Canada Goose is using Dynamics 365 Commerce to unify data across back office, in-store and call centers to deliver more personalized shopping experiences. And in training, ABB is using Dynamics 365 Guides and Remote Assisted to bridge the physical and digital world. And Qantas is using HoloLens 2 for immersive new training experiences.

Now, on to LinkedIn. LinkedIn continues to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. Every seven seconds someone is hired on LinkedIn. We saw record levels of member engagement again this quarter. Marketing solutions remains our fastest-growing business as marketers leverage the enhanced tools and LinkedIn pages to connect with our nearly 675 million members. New data validation features in LinkedIn Sales Navigator help sellers use the power of their LinkedIn network to drive more meaningful customer engagement.

We continue to innovate across our Talent portfolio, including Talent Solutions, Talent Insights, Glint and LinkedIn Learning to help organizations attract, retain and develop the best talent. More than 5 million members have already completed LinkedIn skills assessment since the launch last quarter.

Now, turning to Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 is the only solution that empowers everyone with an integrated, secure experience on any device. Every day AI and Microsoft 365 is helping create, collaborate and convert content into knowledge in a world where computing is abundant, however, attention is scarce. Presentations are more persuasive in PowerPoint, data is more insightful in Excel, videos are more searchable in stream and email more actionable with Cortana.

The new project Cortex analyzes massive amounts of information to give people precisely the knowledge they need in the context of their work. And the new Microsoft Edge with enterprise-class security, protects your privacy online and makes it easier to find information at your work with Microsoft Search.

Microsoft Teams is the leading hub for teamwork. Now with more than 20 million daily active users, people are increasingly engaged across the platform in richer forms of communication and collaboration, participating in more than 27 million meetings a month. Integrated calendaring, pop-out chats and one touch to join meetings from your phone keeps work, conversations and meetings in the context, eliminating the need to bounce back and forth between apps.

We are reimagining the meeting rooms of the future with Teams integration with Cisco's Webex and new devices from Lenovo. And our partnership with Samsung, along with the new walkie-talkie feature in Teams gives first-line workers the technology they need to be more collaborative, productive and secure on-the-go. All this innovation is driving usage. 64,000 employees at L'Oreal are using Teams. More than 70,000 first-line employees at IKEA are moving to Teams for shift management. From Nestle to Tesco, the world's largest companies are choosing Microsoft 365, and we continue to see increased demand for our premium offerings from customers like AXA, Rockwell Automation, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance and Duracell.

This holiday, we expanded our family of Surface devices, creating new categories that benefit the entire OEM ecosystem. And at CES, our partner showcased innovative Windows 10 devices from incredibly thin and light laptops to powerful gaming rigs to new dual-screen designs.

Finally, gaming. We continue to invest to reach gamers across every endpoint, mobile, PC and console. xCloud is off to a very strong start, transforming how games are distributed, played and viewed with hundreds of thousands of people participating in initial trials. We set a new record for Xbox Live monthly active users again this quarter, led by the strength of Console. Xbox Game Pass subscribers more than doubled this quarter, and Xbox Series X announced last month will be our most powerful console level.

In closing, we are expanding our opportunity across all our businesses. Along with this opportunity, we recognize the responsibility we have to ensure the technology we build is always inclusive, trusted and is creating more sustainable work. Our customers see this urgent need and are looking to us in partnership with them to take action. That's why we announced an ambitious new sustainability commitment. Microsoft will be carbon-negative by 2030. And by 2050, we will remove all the carbon we have emitted since the Company was founded in 1975. And our $1 billion Climate Innovation Fund will accelerate the development of carbon reduction and removal technologies. We will continue to innovate alongside customers with profitable, sustainable solutions that expand our opportunity.

With that, I'll hand it over to Amy, who will cover our financial results in detail and share our outlook. I look forward to rejoining you after for questions.

Amy Hood -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Satya, and good afternoon, everyone. This quarter, revenue was $36.9 billion, up 14% and 15% in constant currency. Gross margin dollars increased 22% and 25% in constant currency. Operating income increased 35% and 39% in constant currency, and earnings per share was $1.51, increasing 37% and 41% in constant currency when adjusting for the net charges related to TCJA from the prior year.

Our sales teams and partners again delivered strong commercial results, and we continue to benefit from favorable secular trends. From a geographic perspective, we saw broad-based strength across all markets.

In our commercial business, we continued to see strong demand for our differentiated hybrid and cloud offerings, with increased customer commitment to the Azure platform. And the unique value of Microsoft 365 bringing together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility and Security as a secure intelligent solution, again drove adoption by both new and existing customers. As a result, commercial bookings growth was ahead of expectations, increasing 31% and 30% in constant currency, with a high-volume of new business and strong renewal execution. Our commercial remaining performance obligation was $90 billion, up 30% year-over-year, driven by long-term customer commitments.

Commercial cloud revenue was $12.5 billion, growing 39% and 41% in constant currency. Commercial cloud gross margin percentage increased 5 points year-over-year to 67%, driven again by material improvement in Azure gross margin percentage, which more than offset sales mix shift to Azure.

Company gross margin percentage was 67%, up 5 points year-over-year, driven by favorable sales mix and improvement across all three of our segments. In the quarter, gross margin percentage benefited from lower console sales, stronger-than-expected software licensing results and improvement in our commercial cloud gross margin percentage.

In line with expectations, FX reduced revenue growth by 1 point and had no impact on operating expense growth. FX impact on COGS growth was slightly more favorable than expected and reduced growth by 1 point.

Operating expense grew 9%, slightly below expectations, primarily driven by lower program spend. And operating margins expanded this quarter as a result of higher gross margins and operating leverage through disciplined decisions to invest in strategic and high-growth areas.

Now, to our segment results. Revenue from Productivity and Business Processes was $11.8 billion, increasing 17% and 19% in constant currency, ahead of expectations, driven by both our commercial and consumer businesses. Office commercial revenue grew 16% and 18% in constant currency with roughly 3 points of on-premises benefit, primarily from transactional strength in Japan. Office 365 commercial revenue growth of 27% and 30% in constant currency was again driven by installed base growth across all workloads and customer segments, as well as higher ARPU. Office 365 commercial seats grew 21% with an increasing mix from our Microsoft 365 suite.

Office consumer revenue grew 19% and 20% in constant currency, driven by growth in Office 365 subscription revenue. This quarter, growth was also impacted by roughly 7 points of benefit from transactional strength in Japan and 5 points of benefit from the low prior year comparable related to the timing of the Office 2019 purchases. Office 365 consumer subscriptions grew to 37.2 million.

Dynamics revenue grew 12% and 15% in constant currency. Dynamics 365 revenue increased 42% and 45% in constant currency, with continued momentum in the number of customers adopting multiple Dynamics 365 workloads.

LinkedIn revenue increased 24% and 26% in constant currency, with continued strength across all businesses, highlighted by marketing solutions growth of 42%. LinkedIn sessions grew 25% with record levels of engagement again this quarter.

Segment gross margin dollars increased 21% and 23% in constant currency, and gross margin percentage increased 2 points year-over-year as improvements in Office 365 and LinkedIn margins more than offset an increase in cloud revenue mix.

Operating expense increased 12%, driven by continued investment in LinkedIn and cloud engineering. And operating income increased 29% and 33% in constant currency.

Next, the Intelligent Cloud segment. Revenue was $11.9 billion, increasing 27% and 28% in constant currency, ahead of expectations, driven by continued customer demand for our hybrid offerings.

On a significant base, server products and cloud services revenue increased 30% and 32% in constant currency. Azure revenue grew 62% and 64% in constant currency, driven by another quarter of strong growth in our consumption-based business across all customer segments.

In our per user business, our Enterprise Mobility installed base grew 35% to over 127 million seats, with continued benefit from Microsoft 365 suite momentum. And our on-premises server business grew 10% and 12% in constant currency, with roughly 4 points of benefit from the end of support for Windows Server 2008, in addition to the continued strength of our hybrid and premium solutions. Nearly one-third of our Windows Server and SQL Server enterprise customers are already using our hybrid use benefits to deploy Azure, reflecting the value and flexibility of these offerings.

Enterprise Services revenue increased 6% and 7% in constant currency, driven by growth in premier support services. Segment gross margin dollars increased 28% and 31% in constant currency, and gross margin percentage increased 1 point year-over-year as another quarter of material improvement in Azure gross margin more than offset the growing mix of Azure IaaS and PaaS revenue. Operating expense increased 18%, primarily driven by continued investments in Azure. Operating income grew 38% and 42% in constant currency.

Now, to More Personal Computing. Revenue was $13.2 billion, increasing 2% and 3% in constant currency, ahead of expectations as better-than-expected performance across our Windows businesses, more than offset lower-than-expected Search and Surfaced revenue.

In Windows, overall PC market growth was stronger than we expected and benefited from the low prior year comparable related to the timing of chip supply to our OEM partners. OEM Pro revenue, which makes up roughly 40% of total Windows revenue, grew 26%, driven by continued momentum in advance of Windows 7 end of support and strong Windows 10 demand. The benefit from the low prior year comparable drove roughly 11 points of that growth.

OEM non-Pro revenue, which makes up roughly 20% of total Windows revenue, increased 4%. This quarter, continued pressure in the entry-level category was more than offset by roughly 7 points of benefit from the low prior year comparable and the timing of license purchases from an OEM partner. Inventory levels ended the quarter in the normal range.

Windows commercial products and cloud services revenue, which makes up roughly 30% of total Windows revenue, grew 25% and 27% in constant currency, again driven by strong demand for Microsoft 365, which carries higher in-quarter revenue recognition. The remainder of the Windows business is made up of our other licensing and services components.

Surface revenue increased 6% and 8% in constant currency, lower-than-expected as continued strong momentum in the commercial segment was partially offset by execution challenges in the consumer segment. Search revenue ex-TAC increased 6% and 7% in constant currency, below expectations, primarily driven by lower Bing volume.

And in gaming, revenue declined 21% and 20% in constant currency, in line with expectations, driven by lower console sales as we approach the next Xbox launch. Xbox content and services revenue declined 11% and 9% in constant currency as the impact from a strong third-party title in the prior year more than offset continued growth in Game Pass subscribers and Minecraft.

Segment gross margin dollars increased 18% and 20% in constant currency, and gross margin percentage increased 7 points year-over-year due to higher margin sales mix.

Operating expense declined 5% as redeployment of engineering resources to higher growth opportunities was partially offset by gaming investments, primarily in first-party content. As a result, operating income grew 41% and 45% in constant currency.

Now, back to total Company results. In line with expectations, capital expenditures, including finance leases, were $4.5 billion, up 17% year-over-year, driven by an ongoing investment to meet growing demand for our cloud services. Cash paid for PP&E was $3.5 billion. Cash flow from operations was $10.7 billion and increased 20% year-over-year, driven by healthy cloud billings and collections. Free cash flow was $7.1 billion and increased 37%, reflecting the timing of cash payments for PP&E.

Other income was $194 million, higher than anticipated due to the recording of mark-to-market gains in our equity portfolio.

Our effective tax rate was slightly above 17%, in line with expectations.

And finally, we returned $8.5 billion to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends.

Now, let's move to our outlook. Assuming current rates remain stable, we expect FX to decrease revenue at both the Company and individual segment level by approximately 1 point and have no impact on total Company COGS and operating expense growth. In our commercial business, we expect consistent execution and continued demand for our hybrid solutions to drive another strong quarter. Commercial bookings growth should again be healthy, but will be impacted by a materially lower growth in our Q3 expiry [Phonetic] base.

Commercial cloud gross margin percentage will continue to improve year-over-year, although at a lower rate than last quarter, given the growing mix of Azure consumption-based services. And we expect a sequential dollar increase in our capital expenditure, as we continue to invest to support growing demand.

Now, to segment guidance. In Productivity and Business Processes, we expect revenue between $11.5 billion and $11.7 billion, driven by continued double-digit growth across Office Commercial, Dynamics and LinkedIn. For Intelligent Cloud, we expect revenue between $11.85 billion and $12.05 billion. In Azure, revenue growth will continue to reflect the balance of our strong growth in our consumption-based business and moderating growth in our per user business, given the size of the installed base. Growth in our on-premise server business should be high-single digits, again driven by strong hybrid demand, as well as some continued benefit related to the end of support for Windows Server 2008.

In Enterprise Services, we expect revenue growth to be slightly higher than last quarter.

In More Personal Computing, we expect revenue between $10.75 billion and $11.15 billion.

In Windows, overall, OEM revenue growth should be in the low- to mid-single digits and continue to reflect healthy Windows 10 demand, end of support for Windows 7 and the supply chain's ability to meet demand. The wider-than-usual range in More Personal Computing segment reflects uncertainty related to the public health situation in China.

In Windows commercial products and cloud services, we expect another quarter of healthy double-digit revenue growth, driven by continued Microsoft 365 suite momentum and some benefits from Windows 7 extended support agreements.

In Surface, we expect revenue growth in the low-single digits, as we work through the execution challenges in the consumer segment. In Search ex-TAC, we expect revenue growth similar to Q2.

And in gaming, we expect revenue to decline in the low-double-digit range, driven by the continuation of the console trend as we near the launch of Xbox Series X, as well as lower transaction volume on a third-party title.

Now, back to the overall Company guidance. We expect COGS of $11.05 billion to $11.25 billion and operating expense of $11.2 billion to $11.3 billion. In other income and expense, interest income and expense should offset each other. And finally, we expect our Q3 effective tax rate to be slightly below our full year rate of 17% due to the timing of equity vests.

Now, let me share some additional comments on the full year. At the Company level, we continue to expect double-digit revenue and operating income growth, driven by the continued strength of our commercial business. For operating expense, as a result of lower spend in H1, we now expect full year growth between 10% and 11%.

And finally, given our strong H1 results, particularly in high-margin businesses, as well as the expected sales mix for the remainder of the year, we now expect operating margins to be up roughly 2 points year-over-year, even as we invest with significant ambition in strategic and high-growth areas in the second half of this year.

With that, Mike, let's go to Q&A.

Michael Spencer -- General Manager of Investor Relations

Thanks, Amy. We'll now move over to Q&A. Out of respect to others on the call, we request the participants, please only ask one question. Operator, can you please repeat your instructions?

Questions and Answers:


Thank you. At this time, we'll be conducting a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] And thank you. Our first question comes from the line of Mark Moerdler with Bernstein. Please proceed.

Mark Moerdler -- Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. -- Analyst

Thank you very much, and congratulations on a really strong [Technical Issues]. I'd like to look at Azure. Can you give a little bit of more details on what's driving the Q-over-Q acceleration in the revenue growth? Are we seeing large contracts starting to ramp? Are there other factors that are kicking in that are helping that? And Satya, can you also give us some sense of what you think about the impact if xCloud is successful on Azure? Thank you.

Satya Nadella -- Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Thanks, Mark, for the question. I think, overall, in terms of the Azure momentum, it's sort of the thing that we have seen even in the previous quarters, so, which is we have a stack that is, from infrastructure to the PaaS services, that's fairly differentiated. I mean, I went through some of the things that we even announced at our Ignite conference. Given -- take something like Azure Arc. The fact that we have a control plane for hybrid computing that is multi-cloud, multi-edge, that's a pretty differentiated aspect of it. And the data side, both on the transactions -- on the OLTP side, as well as on the analytics side, we now have cloud-native databases, and Azure Synapse, I think is a very competitive product. So that's what you see play out in terms of a customer adoption and the growth there.

XCloud, I think, is a great workload. I mean, we've always had the mantra of first party equals third-party, whether it is any of the workloads internally, it really helping us understand the new patterns, which then, of course, third parties can use. And you can see that, even in terms of how Sony will use some of the same infrastructure capabilities. So, we are excited about what xCloud teaches us, but more importantly, we're excited about how others in the ecosystem can use the same capability for their streaming needs.

Amy Hood -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

And, Mark, to your question on a little bit about the reacceleration in the Azure growth rate, let me divide that into its components. We did have a very good and healthy broad-based consumption growth, especially in IaaS and PaaS. I think actually Satya touched on one of the important parts that we started to see this quarter was not only good workload migration work, a strong growth in the optimization of the workload is already running, but also some of these new PaaS workloads like Synapse and Cosmos DB and Arc are really starting to add some momentum in that part of the stack as well, which is important.

The SaaS component or the per user component also tends to be where you'll get some variability, as well. We did have a good SaaS component quarter in addition to the healthy base. And that does result in some movement in that number from quarter-to-quarter. And in particular, I think, Microsoft 365 suite actually and the momentum we've got in security and management and mobility is a big contributor to that. And, of course, just the type of contracts that get signed whether that for the consumption layer, in particular, can have some impact quarter-to-quarter in a couple of points. So, there will be some variability in that number, but the underlying fundamentals across, both the consumption and per user were quite good.

Mark Moerdler -- Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. -- Analyst

Perfect. I really do appreciate. Thank you. And again, congrats.

Michael Spencer -- General Manager of Investor Relations

Thanks, Mark. Operator, we'll take the next question, please.


Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Keith Weiss with Morgan Stanley. Please proceed. Keith Weiss, your line is live. Please proceed with your question.

Keith Weiss -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Sorry, guys. I was on mute. Thanks for taking the question and very, very nice quarter. Coming out of the Ignite conference, I wanted to sort of get your views on progress with developers broadly, particularly after the GitHub acquisition. Can you talk to us a little bit about how that's kind of impacted your traction with stuff like DevOps Studio and your developer tools? And also, how that's kind of changed dynamic around Azure? Has that become a real competitive differentiation and changed at all the competitive dynamic with guys like AWS and GCP out there in the marketplace?

Satya Nadella -- Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. First of all, thanks, Keith for the question. We are very excited about what's happening with the developer offering. I mean, at some level, I think of what we are doing between Visual Studio and Azure DevOps and GitHub as effectively coming together as a compelling developer SaaS solution in the same class as any other SaaS solution from Microsoft around productivity and communication, because one of the data points I love to use is the number of developers in the non-tech sector is now more than in the tech sector. This is software engineers, and that's going to only increase in the world going forward. So we want to build the best tool chain. After all, that's who we are as a Company, we love building tools for developers.

And so, and by the way, we're not focused only on Azure. For developers who use our tool chains, they can target any cloud, any edge device. And so, this is not sort of means to some end. We've always been clear about it. It's an end to itself. But that said, of course, having this tool chain will help us overall, both with essentially what is, by itself, a high-margin tools as a SaaS business, as well as, of course, developers who are going to be in our ecosystem. But we want to stay true to that ethos of open source, GitHub and do the best tools. In fact, just this last quarter, you saw even some of the tools being adopted by Facebook engineering and that's I think a testament to the progress that's been made by Microsoft.

Amy Hood -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

And I would just add to that, Keith, this is an important area for us to continue to invest in. The opportunity Satya talked about is at the developer SaaS level. And so, whether you see us investing in GitHub or in the Azure tool chain, this will be a place that we'll continue to see as an opportunity for growth.

Keith Weiss -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Excellent. Thank you very much, guys.

Michael Spencer -- General Manager of Investor Relations

Thanks, Keith. Operator, we'll move to next question, please.


Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Karl Keirstead with Deutsche Bank. Please proceed.

Karl Keirstead -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Thanks. Amy, I'd love to ask you a gross margin question. Beginning in your third quarter or the current March quarter, we've been bracing for gross margins to trend flat or even down year-over-year, given the sales mix shifts that you and your IR team have long warned us about. Yet, when I take your revs guide and your COGS guide, it equates to 3Q gross margins of 68%, which are actually up about 150 bps year over year. So I just wanted to understand what's going on. Is it that the higher gross margin businesses are decelerating at a slower-than-expected pace in your second half? Or perhaps the pace of Azure gross margin improvement is greater than you thought? A little color there might be helpful.

Amy Hood -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Karl. Really, when you see the gross margin changes, it all comes down to sales mix. So, at a fundamental level, I feel very good about the execution of each service to their own gross margin goals. We saw improvement across every cloud service, not just Azure in terms of their ability to deliver growing gross margin as they focus not only on cost, but also on continuing to see ARPU growth and attach growth. So -- and I could say that about many of the product lines, right? I focus on them at the -- what can each product line do to be its best and most competitive?

What you saw in H1 and what you'll see in H2 is simply mix. In Q2, there was a lot of mix into Windows away from, for example, the console, right, since we're heading into the next console cycle. At a Company level, if you thought about what gross margins would have looked like without gaming, it's a couple of points of impact. And as we head to H2, what you'll see is that, the mix will shift a little bit. The sort of end of support impacts tail off, whether that's an OEM or on the server side. And the contribution from gaming, as well as other components in our hardware portfolio go up a little bit. So that still does result, as you said, in a higher gross margin implication in Q3, and you'll see that continue to have a slightly different impact as we head into Q4, if that helps to give you a little sense.

Karl Keirstead -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Yeah. Thanks, Amy.

Michael Spencer -- General Manager of Investor Relations

Thanks, Karl. Operator, we'll take the next question, please.


Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Heather Bellini with Goldman Sachs. Please proceed.

Heather Bellini -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Great. Thank you. I just wanted to follow up on a little bit what Karl was just asking relating to gross margins. I was wondering if you could maybe help us think about the mix between PaaS and IaaS and kind of what -- if you can give us a sense of the mix shift or just kind of how that's been trending. But also, I wanted to ask about -- you've been -- it's been unbelievable, every quarter, you're able to call out material gross margin improvements in Azure. And, I guess, ultimately, what I'm asking is, given the success you've seen there, has your view for -- if you look two to three years down the road, do you just think Azure is going to be a higher gross margin business than maybe what you would have thought three years ago?

Amy Hood -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Specifically on Azure, I think the Azure gross margins are trending where we thought they would trend actually on the IaaS and PaaS layer. And they're trending where we thought they would trend on the per user-like assets. And what you're seeing is continued improvement on that trend line that we expected. But you'll also see as we go forward in time, those improvements will flow at the IaaS and PaaS layer. It will get better, but the nature and the sort of the rate of improvement will flow. And you'll see that increasing mix toward IaaS and PaaS in a way from the per user, just as in terms of the opportunity and the TAM.

So over the long run, Heather, I think my view is unchanged, frankly, about what that should look like. And, of course, over the same time period, how it would impact commercial cloud gross margins all up. But what -- I think if you separate this from this gross margin implication, it goes to the fact of just how much revenue opportunity exists in cloud. And so, if we can continue to capture the revenue growth, continue to meet customer needs and scenarios, pick and thoughtfully invest in industry level solutions to grow those things. I worry less about the mechanics of the GM, which can continue to improve by service, and more really about our opportunity to grow revenue.

Satya Nadella -- Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. And I would say, when we think about whether it's our R&D and operating leverage there or sales or capex for the cloud, we don't sort of separate out these categories of IaaS, PaaS and even SaaS. I mean, just to put it practically for you, we might do an infrastructure service around IoT. We then have PaaS services around IoT. We have apps around IoT and Dynamics 365. Similarly, we have the xCloud and Game Pass subscriptions and we have the streaming capability in Azure. So, we think about our investments holistically in that sense, and I think that's what's going to define the long-term margin profile of our Company is how well we manage all the layers and collectively get leverage across the investment.

Heather Bellini -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Very helpful. Thank you.

Michael Spencer -- General Manager of Investor Relations

Thanks. Heather. Operator, we'll take the next question, please.


Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Brent Thill with Jefferies. Please proceed.

Brent Thill -- Jefferies & Company -- Analyst

Thanks. Amy, you called out the strength of on-premise software. I'm just curious, I know you have the tailwind from the expiration. But maybe talk through some of the other drivers that you're seeing in the business that's causing such great growth even on the on-premise as the cloud continues to grow.

Amy Hood -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Brent. What we've seen has been relatively consistent is the drivers on the on-prem side have absolutely been the hybrid value prop and also premium. And they're actually related because ultimately, the really things that we've seen that has value for customers is that flexibility. And so, the flexibility to deploy where they need it and when they need it. And if that makes sense on the edge, which some people may call on-prem, and whether that makes sense in the cloud, which people may call Azure, were relatively indifferent as long as it meets the customer solution in the way that the solution demands. And so, that hybrid value prop, and you start to see that flexibility in the data point I gave, which is that a-third of the Windows and SQL Server customers are already starting to use that right, to be able to take advantage of that flexibility for their workload solutions. And so, those trends, I see is relatively durable. And that's why we talked about, I think, now for a number of years. And I think if we think about the sort of end of support and the tail on that, it was probably two points on IC for the quarter as I called out. So I feel very good about the underlying trajectory.

Brent Thill -- Jefferies & Company -- Analyst


Michael Spencer -- General Manager of Investor Relations

Thanks, Brent. Operator, we'll move to the next question, please.


Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Mark Murphy with J.P. Morgan. Please proceed.

Mark Murphy -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Yes, thank you. Satya, a few quarters ago, you had commented that Teams is the fastest-growing app in the Company's history. Wondering if you could clarify if that is a reference to daily active user growth or bookings impact. Or is that a comment on user engagement and the time being spent in Teams or some other criteria? As well, Amy, wondering if you could offer any kind of directional thoughts on just how to model the Windows OEM line post-Windows 7 end of support and going into fiscal year '21. And any high-level thoughts on how you think that could trend versus what happened in the prior cycle?

Satya Nadella -- Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Thanks for the question, Mark. My comment was mostly around deployment, engagement, the depth of engagement. There are very few types of products, which have these platform effects. Teams is a scaffolding, that is, obviously, related to messaging, which has significant usage. It's also driving usage of the rest of Office, because rest of Office gets integrated in the usage patterns around channels. It's, obviously, used in meetings. It's also the place where business process workflows in context of messaging happen and both for knowledge workers and first-line workers. So, when I look at all of that cumulative effect, it's much broader than any other user experience scaffolding and in terms of its ability to drive that type of platform effect and engagement. So we're excited about it. And we continue to see that, and you saw that in my remarks as well.

Amy Hood -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

And to your question on OEM, I think what's important is, if you try to take out, which is challenging, some of the comments we've had on either chip supply constraints or some of the uncertainty related to the public health situation in China, you would say, what we have in terms of what the cycle would look like compared to prior cycle ends, we actually be quite similar, if not, we probably have a little more opportunity in the mid and small business segment to have the tail last a little longer probably than it did the last time. So we feel very good. We'll still need to work through that as we work through both the situations I've talked about, frankly, now for quite a few quarters and then looking forward. So, we'll continue to give you guidance on what we see in the market each quarter.

Mark Murphy -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Thank you very much.

Michael Spencer -- General Manager of Investor Relations

Thanks, Mark. Operator, we'll take the next question, please.


Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Brad Reback with Stifel. Please proceed.

Brad Reback -- Stifel, Nicolaus & Company -- Analyst

Great. Thanks very much. Amy, you mentioned a couple of times this evening about one-third of customers using hybrid rights. Of the -- within that customer base, any sense of what percent of workloads that represents for those clients? Thanks.

Amy Hood -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Brad, there's not really a good way for me to know that. For me, the way I think about this is a top of funnel. It means that we've got solutions or workloads where all the corporate developers that Satya mentioned are really starting to make that transition and making decisions for themselves about how to use Azure and how to get to experience it. For me, that is a great sign. We've always said a lot of these hybrid use rights were about investing in skilling and learning and teaching the environment and having the adoption happen for the workloads that make the most sense. And then we can continue to partner with customers to help them through this process and continue to have more meaningful workload transition. So, for us, I think, I tend to start at the top and say, if we've got more going into the funnel, more opportunities to partner with customers, that's a good thing.

Brad Reback -- Stifel, Nicolaus & Company -- Analyst

Great. Thank you.

Michael Spencer -- General Manager of Investor Relations

Thanks, Brad. Operator, we'll take our last question now, please.


Thank you. Our last question will come from the line of Phil Winslow with Wells Fargo. Please proceed.

Philip Winslow -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Hey, thanks guys for taking my question and congrats on a great quarter. I just wanted to focus in on Dynamics. I guess, a question for Amy and Satya. I mean, Amy, you called out both seat growth, but also increasing attach of multiple products within Dynamics driving that growth rate. Wondering if you could help to sort of parse that out.

And then, to Satya, when you think about just SaaS in general, how important is sort of Dynamics to the overall Microsoft strategy, particularly with what you're trying to do with the AI platform in Azure? Because, obviously, over the past 12 months, we've seen rollouts of some of those insights, AI products where you have -- where you can use the Dynamics data, but also data from Salesforce, Windesk, etc, but as a sort of a Sidecar there. So wondering if you could just sort of walk us through just sort of the, call it, the application strategy and then that in the context of what you're trying to do in the AI world.

Satya Nadella -- Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. No, great. Thanks, Phil, for the question. Let me start, and then Amy, you can -- I mean, we are very excited about what's happening with Dynamics 365 in particular, because when I look at what the world needs is it needs a business application suite that is more comprehensive, that can turn what is the real currency of this next era, which is data into predictions, insights and automation without boundaries. I mean, take even the Canada Goose example that I had in my remarks, which is actually a pretty fascinating story of how they've been able to take the end-to-end nature of Dynamics 365 and really bring together their manufacturing, wholesale and retail operations to the next level of efficiency. That's, I think, what is needed. And the way we have architected it on top of Azure, it's cloud-native in terms of its use of databases. It's, for example, all these insights modules I referenced and you'd referenced are all built on Azure Synapse, so it's sort of deeply integrated into Azure. It integrates into LinkedIn, it integrates into Microsoft 365. Power platform, the extensibility model for both Microsoft 365 and Dynamics is the same, which is Power platform. And that's a pretty -- there's no such thing as a canonical business and no such thing as a canonical business over time, right? The business processes change. The question is how rapidly can people and domain experts keep up with the change. And that's where Dynamics 365 absolutely shine. So, we're excited about what's happening there.

To your mentioned a point about Sidecar, we think that's a very legitimate use case. There is a new category, in fact, and a new race starting with CDP, and we are leading. And so, I feel excited about that, as well.

Amy Hood -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

And to your question on how the Dynamics 365 sort of the excitement we have. When I think about the comment I made around adding workloads, what's so important about what Satya just talked about is how this reaches into new budgets for us, new opportunity for us in terms of being able to tap growth that we had not been able to access before. And the way I tend to think about that is not dissimilar from how I think of most per seat businesses. You add a seat and then you add workloads and the more you can do that in terms of tapping into new budgets, that's a great opportunity for us. So I think that's a frame that I'll start to talk a little bit more about as we learn more about Dynamics 365 and its momentum. This is another place I would call out, where I do think we can sort of focus and continue to make some investments in H2 based on the momentum we have seen in H1.

Philip Winslow -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Great. Thanks, guys.

Michael Spencer -- General Manager of Investor Relations

Thanks, Phil. That wraps up the Q&A portion of today's earnings call. You can find additional details on the Microsoft Investor Relations website. Thanks for joining us today and we look forward to speaking with you soon.

Satya Nadella -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you very much.

Amy Hood -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.


[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 53 minutes

Call participants:

Michael Spencer -- General Manager of Investor Relations

Satya Nadella -- Chief Executive Officer

Amy Hood -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mark Moerdler -- Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. -- Analyst

Keith Weiss -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Karl Keirstead -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Heather Bellini -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Brent Thill -- Jefferies & Company -- Analyst

Mark Murphy -- J.P. Morgan -- Analyst

Brad Reback -- Stifel, Nicolaus & Company -- Analyst

Philip Winslow -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

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