They bought Nokia, so they now have a WP8.x phablet to sell.
Quoted from Cokie's link afore.
$500M (down approximately $4M in revenue) is not bad, however we'll see what profit they made in their financial report. Overall since Apple's iPad isn't doing well we might speculate that pad-sized devices may not be the market trend, however they'll continue to sell. I'll do some research, but phablets may just be the thing. As a "fanboi" and owner of one for a while, I'm here to tell you that this is a great device.Microsoft said Surface revenue was $500 million for last quarter. That's a big drop from the $893 million in Surface revenue the company reported for Q4 2013. Still, Surface revenue is up about 50% year over year.
We can also come up with a pretty good guess as to how many Surfaces Microsoft sold last quarter by assuming an average selling price, or ASP, of each unit. There are a bunch of different Surface models ranging from $299 to over $1,000 in price. Microsoft told us in January that it sells more of the cheaper models, so if we're being kind to Microsoft, let's assume an ASP of $600, which will help account for the ~$100 keyboard cover that's pretty essential to the Surface tablet.
That comes to about 830,000 Surface tablets sold last quarter.
Microsoft isn't alone. Apple is struggling with its iPad business too. Growth has stalled, and Wednesday the company whiffed big time on sales expectations. In fact, iPad sales growth was negative for the first quarter of 2014.
Please don't knock it until you've tried it. I have it in a wallet case so I've actually killed three birds with one stone > I don't need to carry around a phone, wallet, and a pad or similar device. All performed on my Lumia 1520. This is a very fast device in not only resource-wise speed, but navigation as well. Now after reading this thread I'll get a pen and a note app to try that out. BTW, this thing fits in my jean pants pocket, although I mostly wear cargo pants or shorts.
As a personal survey having six children, having thirty nieces & nephews (most with spouses), and seeing all their young friends, I'm seeing more and more of them with phablets. This may be where the market is going. We'll give it another year and see.
As a side note, though > I get this thing all set up only to hear my fiancée tell me > "So now you can lose everything all at once!" I told her I'll get a chain for it like the bikers wear.