Here are four important themes to watch as Microsoft releases earnings

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., listens during a fireside chat at the GeekWire Summit in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.
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Microsoft is almost ready to announce earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended June 30. The outcome might not be the most straightforward, in no small part because of the pandemic.