Microsoft again profited significantly in the fourth quarter from the massive teleworking as a result of the corona pandemic, the quarterly figures showed on Tuesday.

The software giant had a turnover of 43.1 billion dollars (35.4 billion euros), an increase of 17 percent compared to the same period last year.

Due to a new wave of the coronavirus in many countries, there was again more attention for working from home and home education.

As a result, demand for Microsoft services rose sharply.

The branch that sells server space in the cloud on which companies can run their own software grew spectacularly.

As a result of the 50 percent growth in revenue at those Azure services, revenue at the Intelligent Cloud division as a whole rose by almost a quarter.

Sales of Office software and cloud services were up 11 percent for businesses and up 7 percent for consumers.

In the previous quarterly figures, Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Teams home office system gained 40 million users in a short period of time.

In October the service had 115 million users.

The software giant did not update the number of users with the new quarterly figures, but did report that the mobile version of Teams now has 60 million daily users.

Other components that showed remarkable growth were the business social network LinkedIn, with which Microsoft achieved almost a quarter more turnover, and the Xbox.

Partly thanks to the introduction of a new generation of that game console, the Xbox Series X and S that were released in November, the turnover of games and advertisements increased by 40 percent.

Game Pass, the Xbox subscription that gives players access to a range of different games, now has 18 million users.

In September there were 15 million.

The Xbox Live online service now has more than 100 million active users every month.

Net profit increased by a third to USD 15.5 billion (EUR 12.7 billion).