As part of announcing its Q42013 earning today, Microsoft revealed how much revenue it had taken in from its tablet line: $893 million. That’s more than double the Surface revenue from the previous quarter.
Unlike rival Apple, Microsoft doesn’t say exactly how many tablets it sells each quarter, and the fact that prices for various models and configurations of the Surface line range from $350 to $1800 it’s not possible to calculate by simply dividing revenue by selling price.
Still, the dramatic increase in quarterly revenue from Q3 to Q4 — up from $400 million — is good news for Microsoft.
A Light at the End of the Tunnel?
During the Oct. to Dec. period, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 with Windows 8.1 and Surface 2 with Windows 8.1 RT were introduced, successors to the company’s original tablets. This product line first debuted in late 2012, and initially got off to a somewhat rocky start. It appears to now be getting on a firmer footing.
The supply of Surface Pro 2 units has exceeded demand for over a month now, but it’s not clear if this is due to unexpectedly strong consumer interest or excessive caution from Microsoft to not over-produce… the company ran into a problem with over-production of one of the original Surface models.
Full Company Results
During the last quarter of 2013, Microsoft enjoyed a profit of $6.6 billion from revenue of $24.5 billion.