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Microsoft's Suppliers Performance

MSFT's Supply Chain

MSFT Costs vs Sales of Suppliers Growth

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Microsoft's Suppliers recorded increase in sales by 10.7 % year on year in Q4 2017, sequentially sales grew by 5.42 %, Microsoft's cost of sales deteriorated by 0 % year on year, sequentially cost of sales grew by 33.66 % in Q4.

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Microsoft's Comment on Supply Chain

We develop most of our products and services internally through four primary engineering groups.

Applications and Services Engineering Group, focuses on broad applications and services core technologies in productivity, communication, search, and other information categories.

Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Group, focuses on development of Microsoft’s back-end technologies like datacenter, database, and our specific technologies for enterprise IT scenarios and development tools. This group also engineers datacenter development, construction, and operation.

Devices Engineering Group, focuses on all hardware development and supply chain, including Xbox consoles, Surface devices, Lumia Smartphones, other non-Lumia phones, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories.

Operating Systems Engineering Group, focuses on Microsoft’s operating systems for consoles, mobile devices, PCs, and back-end systems. Studios and Universal Store, the core cloud services for marketplaces, membership, and commerce platform, are also in this group.

Internal development allows us to maintain competitive advantages that come from product differentiation and closer technical control over our products and services. It also gives us the freedom to decide which modifications and enhancements are most important and when they should be implemented. We strive to obtain information as early as possible about changing usage patterns and hardware advances that may affect software design. Before releasing new software platforms, we provide application vendors with a range of resources and guidelines for development, training, and testing. Generally, we also create product documentation internally.

We protect our intellectual property investments in a variety of ways. We work actively in the U.S. and internationally to ensure the enforcement of copyright, trademark, trade secret, and other protections that apply to our software and hardware products, services, business plans, and branding. We are a leader among technology companies in pursuing patents and currently have a portfolio of over 55,000 U.S. and international patents issued and over 40,000 pending. While we employ much of our internally developed intellectual property exclusively in Microsoft products and services, we also engage in outbound and inbound licensing of specific patented technologies that are incorporated into licensees’ or Microsoft’s products. From time to time, we enter into broader cross-license agreements with other technology companies covering entire groups of patents. We also purchase or license technology that we incorporate into our products or services. At times, we make select intellectual property broadly available at no or low cost to achieve a strategic objective, such as promoting industry standards, advancing interoperability, or attracting and enabling our external development community. In conjunction with the NDS acquisition, we received an initial 10-year non-exclusive license to certain Nokia patents. We also agreed to license Nokia’s mapping services and granted Nokia reciprocal rights to use our patents for their mapping and location services.
While it may be necessary in the future to seek or renew licenses relating to various aspects of our products and business methods, we believe, based upon past experience and industry practice, such licenses generally could be obtained on commercially reasonable terms. We believe our continuing research and product development are not materially dependent on any single license or other agreement with a third party relating to the development of our products.

MSFT's Suppliers recorded net loss Suppliers recorded net loss

Microsoft Corporation's Suppliers Sales Growth in Q4 2017 by Industry

Suppliers in Chemicals - Plastics & Rubber Industry -3.87 %   
Suppliers in Metal Mining Industry  
Suppliers in Audio & Video Equipment Industry -60.35 %   
Suppliers in Broadcasting Media & Cable TV Industry      9.12 %
Suppliers in Professional Services Industry      11.65 %
Suppliers in Communications Equipment Industry      1.71 %
Suppliers in Computer Networks Industry      2.65 %
Suppliers in Semiconductors Industry      17.26 %
Suppliers in Technology Retail Industry      32.62 %
• MSFT Suppliers Valuation • MSFT Segment Rev. Growth • MSFT Segment Inc. Growth • MSFT Suppliers Mgmt. Effect.

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