Microsoft made $5.66bn in profits in its third quarter of the 2014 financial year, driven by overall income of $20.40bn.
While this was a decline from the same period last year, when profits were $6bn, the firm saw sizeable growth from its Azure cloud computing platform, with revenue growing by 150 percent, according to Microsoft.
New CEO Satya Nadella has touted the cloud as the next major shift that Microsoft will focus on, so was bullish about the results. “This quarter’s results demonstrate the strength of our business, as well as the opportunities we see in a mobile-first, cloud-first world,” he said.
“We are making good progress in our consumer services like Bing and Office 365 Home, and our commercial customers continue to embrace our cloud solutions. Both position us well for long-term growth.”
In the corporate world revenues for Office 365 grew by over 100 percent, and commercial seats nearly doubled. Microsoft also added another one million users to its Office 365 Home product over the quarter, taking the total user base to 4.4 million.
Windows revenue grew by four percent, driven by a 19 percent growth in Windows OEM Pro revenues, likely caused by a shift from Windows XP that will have forced many firms and individuals to upgrade to newer machines.
Chief operating officer at Microsoft Kevin Turner also touted the success of some other key business offerings.
“Our SQL Server business grew double-digits again this quarter, and with the announcements of SQL 2014 and Power BI for Office 365, we offer a unique, comprehensive, end-to-end data and analytics solution.”
In devices, Microsoft said revenues for its Surface range of tablets grew by over 50 percent to approximately $500m.
The figures come in a busy financial week for the tech sector with both Facebook and Apple posting strong results on Thursday. Apple particularly wowed investors with profits of over $10bn as its iPhone 5S continues to sell massively.
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