Microsoft Excels 💪

PLUS: Schooling Chegg 🦯

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Microsoft Excels 💪

It’s earnings report SZN. 

It’s kinda like when you get your report card in school - except instead of getting grilled by your parents, you get grilled by investors.

Microsoft kicked off the season for Big Tech with a Big Bang. 

They killed it in the last quarter of 2023. They exceeded already high expectations by reporting $62B in revenue and net income saw its highest growth in over 2 years during the period, climbing a massive 33% to $21.2B

B.C -> Before ChatGPT

No points for guessing the two letters responsible for the massive growth. 

Hint: It starts with A and ends with I.

It’s tempting to think of Microsoft and its big AI play in quasi-biblical terms, with B.C. standing for “Before ChatGPT”. The company’s $13B stake in the chatbot’s creator, OpenAI, seems to be just that revelatory. 

Analysts were eager to see how much of the AI hype has translated into real dollar bills. And our man, Satya didn’t disappoint.

“We’ve moved from talking about AI to apply AI at scale.”

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The company’s Intelligent Cloud Business which includes its Azure service came in at $25.8B which represents a 30% growth QoQ.

AI services contributed 6 percentage points to growth which is crazy good, double of what it did the previous quarter.

This is not a pipe dream. This is not theoretical. GenAI is making a large financial impact right now for an already massive company. 

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The other big push that Microsoft has been pushing is Co-Pilot. 

Microsoft wants AI to permeate nearly every part of its business, and ensuring that pays off is something the company is heavily focused on. And it's in a perfect position to do so. 

Microsoft is home to one of the biggest software product suites on the planet. 

  1. Office 365 - Word, Excel, Powerpoint. (Does anyone even use the other products?)

  2. Microsoft Teams

  3. Visual Studio and Github

  4. LinkedIn

You get the point. 

The company is using AI for improved utility for its existing products and bundling all of that into new subscriptions and upselling it via its ‘Copilot’ offering. 

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Schooling Chegg 🦯 

Since the dawn of school, students have found ways to get help on their homework. In recent decades, one of the most reliable ways has been Chegg.

However, it seems like tides might be turning. And it doesn’t appear to be good for Chegg.


Chegg COO - Nathan Schultz said that execs at the company had bet that an experience like GPT-4 wouldn’t be possible until at-least 2025. 

Thus, Chegg did not believe that OpenAI could eat its lunch. But sirens went off in March when the company launched GPT-4. 

Students who might have paid Chegg $16/month for practice exams and term paper feedback quietly opted for ChatGPT instead - the free and fast alternative.

See that cliff dive? That dive came after CEO Dan Rosensweig told investors he sees ChatGPT ‘having an impact on our new customer growth’. 

It was a PR-mageddon. And life has never been the same again. 


Dan Rosensweig did meet with Sam Altman to develop and release their own AI offering called ‘CheggMate’, which combines ChatGPT’s technology with Chegg’s library to build a Super Tutor, if you may and bolster their business. 

But it doesn’t seem to have done any chegg-mating for now. 

It seems like the growth story is over for Chegg, at-least for now. The company’s sales have been decreasing QoQ and the revenue decline is estimated to accelerate even further. 

Chegg’s story with ChatGPT can be summed up in these wise words.

First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then they join you. Then they still keep failing. 

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