Surface revenue up and Lumia sales increasing for Microsoft
Many consider Microsoft late to both the tablet and smartphone parties, but the Redmond-based company last week announced its latest quarterly earnings, revealing increased Lumia smartphones sales and increased revenue from the Surface division.
Microsoft reported a record-breaking 9.3 million Lumia sales for the first quarter of the 2015 financial year, up 5.6% from the 8.8 million sold in the same period last year. Total revenue for phone hardware was USD$2.6 billion, accounting for both Lumia and non-Lumia devices.
While the company didn't specify how many tablets it had sold, it reported USD$908 million in Surface revenue for the quarter, a 127% increase from this time last year. This is being attributed to a successful Surface Pro 3 launch. In comparison, Apple's quarterly earnings showed that the Cupertino-based company failed to hit their target 13.1 million target for the iPad, selling only 12.3 million devices. Apple sold 14.1 million iPads during the same period last year.
The Xbox division also demonstrated 102% growth over the previous corresponding quarter.