Microsoft just surpassed $50 billion in annual commercial cloud revenue. Here are 24 of the most important executives leading Microsoft’s cloud business as it takes on Amazon Web Services. (MSFT)

  • We’ve identified 24 of the high-powered executives that Microsoft has assembled in a team to fight its rivals in the cloud wars, based on information from insiders and experts.
  • Microsoft reported 2020 fiscal-year earnings this week and said it achieved $50 billion in annual revenue for its commercial cloud business, which includes sales of Microsoft Office and Azure to businesses, for the first time.
  • Microsoft has long been considered the No. 2 cloud provider versus dominant Amazon Web Services, but that perception has started to change through recent and significant victories, such as landing a $10 billion cloud computing contract with the Pentagon.
  • Of course, Microsoft still has a lot of catching up to do. Gartner estimated Amazon’s 2018 cloud market share was three times the size of Microsoft’s.
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Microsoft’s cloud business is on the rise and the Redmond, Washington-based company has assembled a team of high-powered executives to upend its rivals.

Microsoft Azure has long been considered the No. 2 cloud provider versus dominant Amazon Web Services, but that perception has started to change. 

“Azure is the primary growth engine for the company and positions them to have a leading market share in a potentially multitrillion-dollar opportunity in the future of computing,” RBC Capital analyst Alex Zukin said. 

To be sure, Microsoft still has a lot of catching up to do. Gartner in a report released over the summer pegged the 2018 market share for AWS at 47.8% and that of Microsoft Azure at 15.5%.

But Microsoft has scored some significant wins and recent moves indicate the company is prioritizing the cloud above all else. When Microsoft reported 2020 fiscal-year earnings this week and said it surpassed $50 billion in annual revenue for its commercial cloud business, which includes sales of Microsoft Office and Azure to businesses, for the first time.

To lead the charge, Microsoft has assembled a team of high-powered executives to guide its all-important cloud strategy. We spoke with insiders and experts who said that these were the 24 power players to watch within Microsoft’s cloud business.

Meet Microsoft’s ace cloud team:

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