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Microsoft's Q4 earnings revealed that only 4.5 million Lumia handsets were sold in the period

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Microsoft's Q4 earnings revealed that only 4.5 million Lumia handsets were sold in the period
Microsoft reported its fiscal second quarter earnings today, and it was not a pretty quarter for Windows Phone. Even with the launch of the Windows 10 Mobile powered Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, sales of Windows Phone handsets declined 49% year-over-year during the three months.

Lumia sales amounted to just 4.5 million handsets from October though December. That is a rather hefty 57% decline from the previous year. Consider that Apple sold 74.8 million iPhone units during the same time period. Surface related revenue amounted to $1.35 billion during the fourth quarter, up 29% from the 2014 total. That figure topped Wall Street forecasts. Microsoft attributed the strong three month period for Surface to strong sales for the Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4.

For the quarter, Microsoft  reported $25.7 billion in revenue. That was down 1.6% from the $26.14 billion Microsoft reported last year. It also topped Wall Street expectations of $25.26 billion. The company reported GAAP accepted net of $5 billion, or 62 cents a share. Wall Street liked the report with Microsoft's shares soaring 4.22% after-hours to $54.25.


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posted on 29 Jan 2016, 02:17 4

1. aco96 (Posts: 240; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


My Lumia 950 XL arrived yesterday. The new os is really awesome. It's fast, beautiful, and it packs many features out of the box, but the apps haven't improved since I've used my ATIV S (and it was 2 years ago). Windows 10 Mobile is stuck in a vicious circle, because of people: I don't want an OS without good apps, and developers: We can't make apps for an OS with a low market share.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:54

25. Guaire (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Agreed with your last sentence. They need to gain market share to attract developers.

Thing is with what their hardware division doing so far, it seems near impossible. IMO even a Surface phone won't stop their downfall, assuming such a phone exist.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 02:41 7

2. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


And once these people gets a taste of Android or iOS, they'll eventually ditch their Windows phones, I believe majority of those 4.5 Million people are ''first time'' buyers with no previous experience of ios or Android

Nobody can save Windows phone, give it up

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:20 1

6. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


all I heard was oh it doesn't suit my taste blah blah I personally get it for the hardware and I love it the only thing that comes close to it is a z5

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:48 4

14. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 764; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


well said +1

give it up microsoft and free your fans from a misery. Otherwise, they will keep advocating windows in vain for ever. Without realizing that windows is not going to go any further.
Everyone should learn from Nokia. They ditched one pathetic OS in favour of another pathetic OS and they were doomed.
Mricrosoft, plz be content with billions of dollar royalty you are eating from android and other linux variants and be happy with that. Plz release your fans from a false hope that you will come up with something great, sometime in future. Otherwise, these poor fagots will keep hopping forever.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 18:52

31. elitewolverine (Posts: 5084; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Working for a carrier, this is the exact opposite what goes on. I could fill these posts with stories. But its pointless the sheep wont care.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:05 4

3. Pavarottipig (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)


Nothing saves WP !!!

Microsoft How much money have you spent ?
How many phones have you drop in the market? 150 models ??? And no one sells !

Put the money on the poor children in Africa instead !?

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:18

5. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


why don't you go pay for the children in Africa or ask apple to go do it ??

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:41 1

8. Pavarottipig (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)


It's pure insanity of Microsoft to do with so much money when it doesn't sell !

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:07

11. arenanew (Posts: 278; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


bro mocrosft dont introduced single phone in october to december . u sick i think ur primary student .

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 05:00 2

16. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 764; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


it doesnt matter if he is a primary student or not. The fact is, even if microsoft will introduce 100 phones in october and december. It will not sell. The right decision will be to stop making phones at all.

OR

Learn from xiaomi. How they become top 5 smart phone manufacturer in just 5 short years? They sell their devices in a very steep profit. This is the strategy which micorosoft needs. Sell phones in a very low price and try to sell as much as they can. As a result windows market share will increase. Once windows market share will reach a good level, developers will jump ship and will start making the apps for windows. Then there will be a chance for windows to become successful. But I dont think microsoft is willing to come out from a greed. High price of Lumia 950 and 950xl proved it. They should sell 950 in 150$ and 950xl in 200$. Or rather forget about getting any traction in the market.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:03

26. Guaire (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Teaming up with Xiaomi also might help at raising their own market share.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 15:09

28. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 764; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


then xiaomi will get destroyed. Microsoft is good in killing things.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:19

27. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


They've actually tried this. In fact Windows Phone beat Android to the sub $100 phone pricing if I recall correctly. Microsoft's efforts woudl be better spent spending the moeny on app development as well as efforts to execute android apps on their platform.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 15:14 1

29. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 764; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


then forget about anything coming of better. You are suggesting a wrong thing. Executing android apps is already put aside by MS in an early stage. They give up so soon that no one can expect anything from them. Selling phones cheap or give away free is the best option. They havent done it before, plz correct your record. Those devices were miserable lowest end devices. MS needs to sell flagship devices in 100$.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:09

12. arenanew (Posts: 278; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


0 because micrrosoft not make single between that period . plus they already earned 7$ billion from android and linux manufacturer .

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 05:12 3

17. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 764; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


this is the biggest problem microsoft has. They are eating money by just sitting on their a'ss. They get 7 billion dollars for nothing. This is the problem with USA. They made a system which keep feeding filthy fat a'ss rich companies for doing nothing. This system and these fat a'ss companies act as a road block in the advancement of technology. They increased the cost of innovation by sucking their unjustified share from any new product and technology. One medicine company Increased the price of medicine from $70 to $7000, this is an example of measly US system. The worst part, they are cursing the whole world with their system.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:44 1

24. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Which makes it even more crazy that they still try to sell mobile phones. They should hope Oracle doesnt win its case against Google and just partner with Google on Android as much as they can.

Seeing all the MS apps showing up in the Play Store...maybe thats their Plan B.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 05:18 1

18. SIGPRO (Posts: 1376; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Duuuuh WP is dead, it's called WM 10 now.........do some research!

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 05:31 1

20. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Win Mo is dead too.

Semantics....

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:12 1

4. fonelover (Posts: 192; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


These 4.5 ml people are really foolish or don't care about having a phone .

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:07

10. arenanew (Posts: 278; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


overall good business becoz there is no new phone in market betwen oct to dec . plus window chooose by smart people who want to connect with family plus proper integration of tweeter and facbook and spam free . android already paying 4 billion dolar , linux already paying 3 billion . so no problem . microsoft will adjust this money .

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:23 5

7. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1146; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


im waiting for the guy that says "WP has all the apps you need".

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:11 10

13. BigVanVader (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Jan 2016)


WP has all the apps you need

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:06 1

9. arenanew (Posts: 278; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


overall good business becoz there is no new phone in market betwen oct to dec . plus window chooose by smart people who want to connect with family plus proper integration of tweeter and facbook and spam free . android already paying 4 billion dolar , linux already paying 3 billion . so no problem . microsoft will adjust this money .

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 05:18

19. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 764; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


what? plz correct yourself. Windows is chosen by dumbest people who dont like do much with their phone. They are happy with what microsoft has given to them and they dont want anything more. They are content and think that their is nothing more than this and those who want more than this, are considered as fools by these fagots.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 15:35

30. Kriksis (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


In contrast to those who just want to play games...

I need my phone primarily to call someone, occasional SMS or MMS, an hour in facebook or internet(together) each day...

I don't need to change my settings or visuals of the phone each hour or day, I set it up once just the way I want, period.

And no, I am not a Windows fan, neither Android or iOS. I am and will always be fan of SYMBIAN, one and only true SMARTphone OS.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:54 2

15. sergiobr (Posts: 694; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


R.I.P. Microsoft

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 05:32 2

21. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Naw just R.I.P WP/Win Mo.

MS as a company will be fine.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 05:34

22. SkyfallWalker (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)


They need to promote like Samsung.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 05:35 1

23. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I just posted in that marketshare article about how much a decline Win Mo had from 2014 to 2015. This all lines up now.

I keep saying this...at some point MS has to decide if its worth the invest, money to keep doing Win Mo phones. (I hate that MS went away from the Win Mo name then decided to resurrect it. See post #18 for why I hate it...)

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 18:56

32. elitewolverine (Posts: 5084; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I don't believe I saw a single ad in the USA for their phones the entire year. They did release the 640 and 640xl but nada from ads.

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