"Demand for our cloud offerings drove a strong start to the fiscal year," said Microsoft chief financial officer Amy Hood.
Microsoft took in $15.2 billion (roughly Rs. 1,12,043 crores) in revenue from cloud computing offerings for businesses, up 31 percent from the same period last year, according to Hood.
Demand for software, services, and data storage hosted online at datacentres that had been steadily growing for years has rocketed during the pandemic as shopping, learning, work and more are tended to online due to the pandemic.
The Microsoft Surface line of laptop computers also had a "blowout" quarter, with revenue up 37 percent, noted analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy.
Microsoft "delivered big time by beating expectations," according to Moorhead.
"Enterprises are transitioning from COVID-19 triage to starting to renew their digital transformation plans with a focus on hybrid work," the analyst said, referring to employees staying connected to offices but not necessarily being there to get jobs done.
"Microsoft is taking advantage of this phenomenon."
The shift to the cloud and work-from-home appears to be "here to stay," with Microsoft positioned to benefit with its Azure computing platform and Office 365 online software, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives.
While quarterly earnings topped estimates, Microsoft shares slipped more than a percent on word the company expects to bring in less money than analysts expected in the current quarter.
Microsoft forecast revenue this quarter of between $39.5 billion (roughly Rs. 2,91,156 crores) and $40.4 billion (roughly Rs. 2,97,750 crores). The Redmond, Washington based company also revealed that revenue from search ads dropped during the recently-ended quarter in a potential bad sign for Google.