Despite the Microsoft Inc.’s outwardly flailing demeanor, the tech giant has just announced their record revenue and profits for the Q2 of 2014 (which is the calendar Q4 of 2013).
On the back of their strong Xbox One and Xbox 360 sales and the good growth rate by its commercial licensing divisions, the Microsoft Inc. has managed to bring in about $24.5 billion in revenue and about $8 billion profit. While their famous OS, Windows still remained strong in the commercial/business sector, the consumer sector had continue to see reduced demand; and thus, the revenue and the profits.
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The Microsoft Inc. continues to obfuscate the actual number of their Surface tablets sold, but it did also say that the revenue and total units sold doubled in the last quarter of the past year — but sadly, so did the costs of selling those Microsoft devices. And as a proof, the Surface, for the second year running, is still a huge loss maker.
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And on the consumer side of these things, the tech giant Microsoft Inc. continues to weaken. While their Xbox One and the Xbox 360 models sold more than 3.9 million and about 3.5 million units respectively, the gross margins for the Devices & Consumer Hardware division were down at 46% to $0.4 billion. Their total Surface revenue has doubled to $0.89 billion (which is probably selling around 1 million Surface tablets), but it costs also spiked to around $0.93 billion.