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Microsoft's going to keep spending big as AI continues to boom

Microsoft isn't slowing down its artificial-intelligence spending spree anytime soon.

In its third-quarter earnings call on Thursday, the tech giant said it would continue to invest in AI and cloud services because of growing demand and a rise in average spending on its cloud platform, Azure.

Amy Hood, Microsoft's chief financial officer, said on the call that capital expenditure — what a company spends on buying or maintaining assets — would increase "materially."

"Currently, near-term AI demand is a bit higher than our available capacity," Hood said.

The company spent nearly $11 billion on property and equipment in the third quarter — 66% more than it spent in the same period a year ago.

Microsoft booked $26.7 billion in revenue in the third quarter from its cloud products, including Azure, according to the earnings statement.

The AI assistant Copilot grew its paid subscribers by 35% this quarter to 1.8 million, CEO Satya Nadella said on the call.

Microsoft's better-than-expected earnings sent stock up 4% in after-hours trading. Both revenue and earnings per share beat Wall Street estimates.

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