Microsoft outperformed the market. Tuesday saw a solid quarterly result of Microsoft in cloud computing and software, with the pandemic’s digital moving of work, leisure, shopping, and education continuing to benefit the company.

The US’s tech giant claimed earnings increased to $18.8 billion in the final three months of the previous year, after announcing a blockbuster agreement to buy gaming powerhouse Activision Blizzard last week. 

“Digital technology is the most malleable resource at the world’s disposal to overcome constraints and reimagine everyday work and life,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, while announcing earnings of $51.7 billion.

Microsoft is investing heavily in the expanding video game sector, as well as the metaverse, a virtual reality concept for the internet’s development. On the earnings announcement, Nadella mentioned the millions of individuals who play the games like Forza, Halo, and Minecraft, many of whom have invested in “avatar” servers for virtual worlds, stating that the metaverse is a natural outgrowth of those games. According to officials, Microsoft is also combining virtual collecting components with non-game goods such as Teams virtual collaboration tools. 

Furthermore in the announcement, Nadella added “We feel very well positioned to be able to catch what I think is essentially the next wave of the internet.”

Last week, the Redmond unveiled a historic deal to purchase scandal-plagued “Call of Duty” developer Activision for $69 billion.

It would be Microsoft’s largest acquisition ever, surpassing LinkedIn’s $26.2 billion purchase in 2016. As per the financial report, earnings at the career-focused social media network increased by 37% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Microsoft will become the third-largest gaming firm by sales, behind Tencent and Sony, after purchasing the embattled but extremely successful Activision.

The planned acquisition must be approved by regulators at a time when Europe and the US are attempting to reign in Big Tech. As per the earnings release, revenue in the Microsoft segment that develops Xbox systems and video game material increased by 10% in the most latest quarter.

“Redmond is continuing to see strength in the field as more enterprises continue to move to the cloud with Nadella & Co,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives declared to investors. Ives eyed the solid earnings from Microsoft as a “broader indication of strength we expect to see across the enterprise cloud software landscape throughout this earnings season.”

In the cloud computing sector, Microsoft competes with Amazon and Google. According to the earnings release, Microsoft’s cloud computing divisions each saw double-digit growth in revenue, raking in tens of billions of dollars. Microsoft’s Windows operating system division benefited from what Nadella described as a “reformation” in the personal computer market, which had been dwindling before the pandemic compelled many individuals to stay at home.

“More than ever people are turning to PCs to exercise their agency, and unleash their creativity,” Nadella said. We are experiencing a PC renaissance with increases in time spent on PCs and PCs per household,” as per Nadella.

Following the earnings call, Microsoft’s stock rose marginally. According to Wedbush, some of the more ardent shareholders had expected much better financial outcomes. “In this jittery market we will see every tech print initially viewed as glass half empty, but ultimately this remains a core cloud name to own,” Ives stated.

Third Bridge vice president Scott Kessler was amongst the analysts eager to learn how the termination of the pandemic would affect Microsoft’s progress, which has been powered by distant work, play, and school. In his words, “We’ve seen many darlings of the early Covid period becoming fallen angels.”

Furthermore, Nadella added, “We are living through a generational shift in our economy and society.”

Nadella anticipated that modern technology would continue to be a precious asset as individuals and companies “reimagine” their lives and the community seeks answers to problems such as massive unemployment.