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Intelligent Cloud made $7.9 billion in revenue, also a 17% (15% CC) growth from a year ago.

The company reported $26.8 billion in revenue, a 16% growth (14% in constant currency) over the same quarter previous year.

Consumer user numbers of Office 365 were also up, with subscribers increasing to 30.6 million.

Azure revenue in the recent period grew 93%.

Microsoft said its "commercial cloud", which contains Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365 and other cloud services, had registered 6 billion dollars in revenue in the fiscal third quarter, up 58 percent year-on-year and up 13 percent sequentially.

Personal Computing, which includes Windows, devices, gaming and search ads, produced $9.92 billion in revenue, up 13 percent year over year. The company's revenues grew by $3.6 billion (16%) across all segments. In the same period past year the company reported EPS of $0.70 on revenues of $23.2 billion.

The company provided no guidance but said it would do so on the conference call.

This transformation has led the $717 billion tech titan to lean away from legacy businesses and become a front-runner in high-flying segments such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and business productivity tools.

Intelligent cloud revenue rose 17% and Windows OEM revenue rose 4% both nominally and in constant currency.

Our results this quarter reflect the trust people and organizations are placing in the Microsoft Cloud.

Microsoft shares, which are up nearly 40 per cent over the past year, rose slightly after closing 2.1 per cent higher at US$94.26. Revenues advanced 16 percent from the year before to United States dollars 26.8 billion and the operating profit lifted 23 percent to USD 8.3 billion.

Microsoft shares were down a fraction in after-hours trading on the stock market today.

LinkedIn revenue rose 37% year over year and gaming revenue rose 18% driven by Xbox software and services revenue growth of 24%, primarily on the strength of third-party titles.

LinkedIn revenues of $1.33bn were up 37 per cent from $976m previous year.