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The 10 Biggest Microsoft News Stories Of 2018

From surging cloud growth, to Windows 10 update woes, to the blockbuster GitHub acquisition, we round up the biggest Microsoft stories that affected solution providers this year.

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1. Cloud Business Surge

All in all, 2018 was a terrific year for Microsoft's business, driven by its growth in cloud. Commercial cloud revenue for fiscal 2018—which includes commercial Office 365, Azure and Dynamics 365—jumped 56 percent year-over-year, to $23.2 billion. Azure led the way with growth of 91 percent during that time period. The strong results continued during the first quarter of fiscal 2019, with commercial cloud revenue growth of 47 percent. In part, the momentum can be attributed to Microsoft's "architectural technology advantage around hybrid," Nadella said in October.

"We don't think of hybrid as some stopgap in the move to the cloud. We think about it as the coming together of distributed computing, where the cloud and the edge work together--for not just for the old workloads, but most importantly for new workloads," Nadella said. "This is a place where we're leading."

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