Office 365 is becoming more and more popular

Cloud-based productivity suite now has 23.1 million subscribers

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Office 365 is going from strength to strength, according to some new numbers released along with Microsoft's latest fiscal results.

The cloud-based productivity suite now has 23.1 million subscribers, no less – not bad considering that at the end of 2014, just a year and a half ago, the number of Office 365 users was 9.2 million.

Redmond also said that revenue from Office consumer products and cloud services was up 19% year-on-year, making a worthy contribution to the company's total revenue of $20.6 billion (around £15.7 billion, AU$27.5 billion) for the quarter running up to the end of June.

Office commercial products and cloud services picked up 5% growth, which Microsoft says was driven by Office 365's commercial revenue growth of 54%.

No Azure blues

Azure revenue was also very healthy, more than doubling up with a rise of 102% year-on-year – and Azure compute usage also doubled.

As for Surface devices? These hybrids saw revenue increase 9% year-on-year, mainly driven by sales of the new pieces of hardware (Surface Book and Surface Pro 4) which made up for the fizzling Surface 3.

Commenting on his company's performance, chief executive Satya Nadella said: "This past year was pivotal in both our own transformation and in partnering with our customers who are navigating their own digital transformations. The Microsoft Cloud is seeing significant customer momentum and we're well positioned to reach new opportunities in the year ahead."

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