Microsoft's Windows Phone revenue tanks 49 percent for Q2 FY2016

While Microsoft's FY2016 Q2 earnings have been exceptionally high and beating most expectations, their phone division was hit hard. None of that should be surprising for reasons we covered yesterday, but at least, we have an idea of just how bad things are for mobile.

Microsoft reported a 49 percent drop in devices revenue from the last quarter. That brings the number to an estimated 4.5 million Lumias sold for the quarter down from the 10.5 million Lumias from one year ago.

Windows Phone sales in the US plummet to all-time low

While the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 550 hit some store shelves this holiday season, there is little argument that most consumers are unaware of the product.

How Microsoft stops their nosediving smartphone story in 2016 remains to be seen. At this time, there does not seem like there is much that can turn this division around. Whatever mobile products are in the pipeline better blow the doors off of anything we have seen thus far.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.