Microsoft reports record $24B quarterly results, doubled Surface revenue
Microsoft’s quarterly reported ending in December 31 has been released today with the company reporting $24.52 billion in revenue. That’s up from last year’s record-breaking $21.5 billion, meaning Microsoft continues to deliver the goods to investors.
The devil’s in the details though, and Microsoft sheds a little light on where their money is coming in and where it’s declining.
First up is Surface sales. Microsoft is still not budging on releasing specific sales numbers of the devices themselves, but rather is reporting on just their revenue. There the number for FY14 Q2 come in at $893 million, doubled from the previous quarter’s reported $400 million number. On first blush, that’s a positive bit of news but without figures on the number of units sold, it’s hard to really appreciate. What can be said is that the Surface is at least gaining in popularity, though we’re hard pressed to call it a ‘hit’.
Windows OEM revenue was down 3%, further cementing the idea that consumers are still cool to buying new PCs.
The Xbox One is also seemingly doing well with 3.9 million units sold, up from the last report of 3 million a few weeks ago. Just as importantly, the Xbox 360, which has been heavily discounted during the holidays, was still selling 3.5 million units. Those numbers show that the Xbox One appears to be holding its own against Sony and that the 360 will be around for some time too. That's a total of 7.4 million Xbox units, which is mighty impressive.
Still, the PlayStation 4 has pushed 4.2 million units, making it the winner here.
Other interesting data include Bing search growing to 18.2% and “search advertising revenue grew 34%”. Numbers for Windows Phone were not disclosed at this time. Update:
Ballmer had this to say regarding their consumer product line:
More information may come forward during the investor call in just under one hour. We’ll update this article accordingly.
Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)
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The PS4 is a very statically designed console, meaning it can't be upgraded via simple patch or update.
In a few years we will see the true console winner.
For the second generation in a row :)
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That "Bing growth" is what I would like to know more about...more precicely, how did they reached that number. If they're counting as actual use of the service or if that number is about "products we sell with Bing on that and that people can't exchange for Google".