For the quarter ended March 31, the Redmond, Wash.-based tech behemoth earned $1.92 billion on revenue of $4.33 billion. For the year-ago third quarter, earnings were $1.34 billion, or 25 cents a share, on revenue of $3.77 billion.
forecast third-quarter earnings of 32 cents a share.
The software maker, whose stock is the most richly capitalized in the U.S. at about $357 billion, routinely beats Wall Street's estimates by a comfortable margin. As a result, observers often focus on guidance the company provides on earnings prospects in future quarters.
Ahead of the announcement, shares of the company closed up 2 3/32, or 2.6%, at 83 3/32.