Analysts on average had expected revenue of $7.32 billion, according to data and analytics firm FactSet.
"Amazon is going to be paying attention to this." The Redmond, Washington, company has sharpened its focus on the fast-growing cloud computing unit as part of Chief Executive Satya Nadella's "mobile first, cloud first" strategy to offset weakness in the PC market.
Microsoft's net income more than doubled to $6.51 billion or 83 cents per share in the quarter, from $3.12 billion or 39 cents per share in the year-earlier period.
Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of 71 cents per share and revenue of $24.27 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
(Reporting by Salvador Rodriguez in San Francisco and Gayathree Ganesan and Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva and Matthew Lewis) Receive full access to all new and archived articles, unlimited portfolio tracking, e-mail alerts, custom newswires and RSS feeds - and more!