Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Shares of Microsoft (MSFT)  rose slightly after the market close Thursday after the company topped fiscal third-quarter earnings forecasts.

Microsoft said it earned 95 cents per share on the quarter, topping forecasts of 85 cents per share, according to FactSet. Revenue of $26.8 billion beat expectations of $25.8 billion.

Shares initially fell about 2.4% in after-hours trading after the results were released, but recovered for a 0.3% gain.

Microsoft's Azure cloud computing service grew 93%, which is a pullback from the 98% rate of expansion in the second fiscal quarter.

Office 365 commercial revenue grew 42%, while revenue from Microsoft's LinkedIn social network increased 37%.

The company paid out $6.3 billion through dividends and share buybacks in the quarter.

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