Fueling its push is Azure, the company's cloud-computing service, as revenue jumped 76 percent year-over-year. Office 365, the internet-based versions of MS Office, saw sales to corporations jump 36 percent. Microsoft often uses its suite of productivity-based products to introduce current clients to its cloud offerings.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been working to transform the company into a seller of services that let businesses store data and run applications from Microsoft's data centers, instead of their own in-house machines. Amazon is the market leader, but booming demand means Microsoft has still been able to carve out a solid business with its Azure cloud services. Microsoft dominates in the fast-growing market for cloud-based office software, and corporate upgrades to Windows operating systems are keeping that product's sales growing even as PC sales remain flat.
Profit in the fiscal first quarter rose to $8.8 billion while sales climbed 19 percent to $29 billion, Microsoft said Wednesday in a statement.
The company's stock has gained about 20 percent so far this year.
–Bloomberg News and AdAge Staff