Microsoft has strong quarter, no thanks to Windows Phone 7

Microsoft just posted some strong numbers for its fourth quarter with $17.37 billion in revenue and $5.87 billion in profit but don’t look for Windows Phone 7 to be a major contributor.

In its official release, the company only mentions Windows Phone a couple of times and these are generally not very positive. One mention says it had increased sales and marketing expenses trying to get this thing out there. While the Entertainment & Device division great by 30 percent for the quarter, that’s all on the Xbox and the Kinnect.

We’re still waiting to hear on some solid numbers of Windows Phone adopters and that may come in the conference call. The last we heard was over 1.5 million but that was months ago and you would hope those numbers have increased greatly.

Even Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admits that sales are small but there is still hope for Microsoft in the mobile game with Windows Phone. The Nokia partnership should begin to bear fruit by the end of the year with things really picking up in 2012. Judging by Nokia’s earnings earlier today, both companies will need this to be a hit.

The company is also preparing Windows Phone Mango and this update should bring the platform on par with the competition. There are also a bunch of cool Windows Phone Mango handsets to look forward to.

[Via Microsoft]

  • Anonymous

    Did you expect him to say the gains were do to WP7?

  • Anonymous

    What an idiot. Microsoft has a record quarter and you STILL put a negative spin on the headline? Get a life!
     
    If/when WP7 gets some decent market share I’d like to see what you write then and where are you going to stick all the doom mongering you’ve been writing on some months-old platform.

    • Anonymous

      We’re mobile-focused. I said it posted “strong numbers” and that it had a “strong quarter” but Windows Phone wasn’t there. We focus on mobile. 

  • MVZ

    Dear SH1SH1 stating the avious is not a negative spin MS is not a market leader or a player on the Mobile OS market not mater how much of a fan boy you appeared to be they will never be untill the loose all the desktop OS baggage they have been lugging around since DOS

    • Anonymous

      Fanboy? Is that your automatic response to whoever challenges your views? Look, the “obvious” is that Microsoft had a knockout financial quarter, period. When you report Apple or Google financial results you don’t make reference on the headline to their not-so-good ventures (and there are many not-so-good ones, they just don’t get enough publicity), right? On top of that, the lifeblood of Microsoft are, in order: Windows (desktop), desktop services (Server, etc.), Office and now Xbox/Live. WP7 is a small part of the company (that they hope to grow no doubt). Microsoft’s livelihood doesn’t depend on WP7 the same way Apple’s livelyhood depends on iOS, so it has no business being on the headline or bringing it up all the time. Lastly, WTF are you talking about desktop OS baggage in WP7? WP7 is the ONLY modern MOBILE OS to forego the desktop OS paradigm… unlike iOS, Symbian, Android, etc., which keep relying on the icons on a background paradigm. Try to make some sense next time will ya, at least before you call anybody “fanboy”?

      • Anonymous

        We’re not IntoWindows though, we’re IntoMobile, so we have to look at it from the mobile OS perspective. Not to mention how important these devices will be to the future of computing. Yes, maybe Windows 8 will be the silver bullet for tablets and we’ll report that when and if it happens. 

  • Musicrecruitz

    wp7 is awesome the
    best looking phone out there, everone thinks the iphone is great but they have
    never tried wp7 is much more sexier, modern and intuitive.

    • To61

      I have tried wp7 AND I have never been an Apple user so far. I’m using an iPhone 4 in parallel for just two weeks now. With this experience I’m really puzzled why anybody can find wp7 better than the iPhone. However, it may be a matter of taste for some people and a matter of “ideology” for other people. My decision is clear- I switch to the iPhone.

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