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Microsoft has first ever quarterly loss after massive one-time charge

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Microsoft has first ever quarterly loss after massive one-time charge
Microsoft had the misfortune of announcing their quarterly numbers at roughly the same time as Google announced theirs – unfortunate if only because it’s going to draw a disparaging contrast. While Google exceeded analyst expectations, Microsoft posted their first quarterly loss, mostly due to a one-time write down of $6.2 billion dollars for the their inability to turn a profit from advertising company aQuantive that they purchased in 2007.

Putting aside the one-time charge for aQuantive, Microsoft would otherwise have managed a $5.3 billion dollar profit on record revenues of $18.06 billion, which is good but not quite as good as the $18.13 billion Wall Street was expecting. Still, aside from the embarrassment of completely writing off an acquisition that cost you more than $6 billion, the numbers aren’t bad, especially since Microsoft is expecting revenue to jump in the second half of 2012 with the release of Windows 8/RT/WP8, as well as their Surface tablets.

One interesting mobile-related note; Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices division (read: Xbox) recorded a $263 million dollar loss that was apparently not due to the Xbox at all, but rather the fact that the $250 million that Microsoft pays out of pocket to Nokia each quarter comes out of that division. Apparently even Xbox revenues aren’t a match for shelling out a quarter billion dollars every three months just to keep someone exclusive to your mobile OS.

Microsoft has first ever quarterly loss after massive one-time charge

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posted on 19 Jul 2012, 17:15 3

1. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


maybe Microsoft will learn from it's mistakes.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:36 1

6. items17070 (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


I noticed all the thumbs DOWN, its obvious people dont like to hear the TRUTH! lol

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 17:25 8

2. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


This is the first time Microsoft has experienced a loss. aQuantive was a bad purchase to begin with, but this hardly dents Microsoft as a whole.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 17:39 1

3. downphoenix (Posts: 2378; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Their online services division seems to be doing poorly, even before considering that payment.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 19:25 2

4. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Bill Gates should buy Nokia and make their own phone run on WP OS like Apple 1 phone and 1 OS with big profit.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 07:07

5. Aeires (unregistered)


I'd really like to know how much they actually pull from Android handset licensing. Probably not as much as people let on, but it's gotta be a good chunk of money when you factor in how many phones are sold every day.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 10:46 1

7. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


@som Buying Nokia when they are at a 16 year low is not a good business decision. Also, as you see with Apple, 1 phone with 1 OS only took them so far. With Android already starting a trend to take over the number one spot (if they haven't already), That is another reason why. You don't ever put all your eggs into one basket.

@Aeires Its probably not as much as you think.

Now I'm not bashing Apple at all.But, where they lack in variety, Android and Windows come in swinging.

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