"Here's the first part of what happened. In June, Microsoft offered a scheme where people who bought a Windows 7 PC could update it to Windows 8 for just $15. The scheme ran through to December, and only after that could all the money received in it be cashed in. That gave a $1.1bn boost in "deferred" revenue which was really earned in the preceding six months, but couldn't be recognised then.
Take that away from the latest total, and you're left with $4.60bn in this latest quarter, compared to $4.63bn a year ago."
"Note that point about Surface. Although Surface has only sold an estimated 1m-1.5m devices (Microsoft didn't give numbers), its revenues (and profits, if any) are allocated to the Windows division. Depending what price you put on it, you get different numbers; given that the Surface RT sold for around $900, principally through Microsoft's stores, the margins might have been thin but the revenue boost would be solid – perhaps as much as $1bn, perhaps only $500m.
Even so, those are the sorts of numbers that can make a significant difference. If Surface goosed Windows figures even by just $500m, then that boosted them from $4.10bn. And compared with the year before, that would have been 12% down."
you have insider info? because they not announce w8 number.
"On April 18, Microsoft didn't share the one number many company watchers had been awaiting: An updated count of number of Windows 8 licenses sold.
There was no guarantee the Softies would provide an updated count today, the day it released its Q3 FY2013 earnings. But many of us had been expecting it."
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"What Microsoft did say about Windows 8
The Windows division posted revenues of $5.7 billion for the quarter. After adjusting for the $1.1 billion of revenue related to the Windows Upgrade Offer, the Windows division's revenue was flat."
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"I'm curious when and if Microsoft provides a new update on number of Window 8 licenses sold. Maybe that will happen at Computex or TechEd North America -- both happening the first week of June this year? In any case, today's silence on this front is ... interesting."
little-willie walk into bar. bartender say, you invisible? or not tall enough to see?