The Ratings Game: Microsoft could be the cloud sector’s ‘canary in the coal mine,’ even as AI efforts offer promise


Microsoft Corp. has big opportunities ahead in artificial intelligence, but first the company must contend with a slowdown in the cloud computing business that threatens to envelop the broader software industry.

While Microsoft MSFT executives were upbeat Tuesday about their ability to capitalize on AI, including through a new investment in the popular creator of ChatGPT, Wall Street couldn’t ignore the more immediate-term forecast that accompanied Microsoft’s latest earnings report.


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