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The US software generant Microsoft wants to invest its billions of winning last year in video games and building the so-called "metaversum". "We feel very well positioned to surf the next wave of the Internet in my opinion," said Microsoft Chef Satya Nadella on Tuesday at a conference on the quarterly results of the Group.

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From October to December 2021, Microsoft achieved sales of $ 51.7 billion (45.7 billion euros) and a net profit of $ 18.8 billion. The company surpassed the expectations of many analysts. In particular, the business with cloud computing services contributed to the good result. The revenue from the Microsoft platform Azure rose by 46 percent. The Xbox game platform increased its sales of content and services by ten percent.

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Microsoft is the worldwide number two for the video game consoles behind Sony with PlayStation. Nadella said in the presentation of the results that the Group's "bets" have "paid" content, player community and cloud ". "We had record levels in the audience and revenue in the past quarter." Especially successful were the racing game "Forza Horizon 5" as well as the shooter "Halo Infinite".

"With our planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard we invest in order to make people easier to play great games where they want, when they want and how they want," Nadella added. Last week, he had announced his plans to take over the video game producer of success dies such as "Call of Duty" and "Candy Crush" for $ 68.7 billion. By taking over, Microsoft would rise the third largest group of video game industry behind the Chinese company Tencent and Sony from Japan.

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video games are considered precursors of the metaversum. The term metaversum describes a collectively usable virtual room, as it is partially simulated in the Microsoft game "Minecraft". "The players already invest in their avatars and build worlds in Minecraft," said Satya Nadella.

In addition to the new growth areas cloud and video games, Microsoft also improved its results in traditional business areas. In the past quarter, the sales of the Office Suite and the related services for data storage and processing grew by 14 percent to business customers and 15 percent on a private customer side. The professional network LinkedIn increased sales by 37 percent.

Nadella also wants to prepare these areas on the metaversum. On the collaboration platform teams, there will be the option to meet meetings via the "Mesh" service in virtual reality.

, however, some analysts reported doubts as to whether the change in the offices will come as fast as Nadella wants to believe. "We have seen how many stars" the early pandemic phase "became fallen angels," said Analyst Scott Kessler by Third Bridge. The end of the corona measures could therefore lead to a decline in demand for home work tools. Kessler doubted whether the growth associated with the health restrictions is "sustainable" in Microsoft.

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