Microsoft reports results, tellingly omits Windows Phone details

Microsoft reports results, tellingly omits Windows Phone details
Microsoft reported glaring fiscal Q2 2012 results despite poor Windows sales and if you are an investor, you should be pretty happy. Revenue was $20.9 billion in Q2, up 5% on the year, and earnings per share beat estimates as office product sales went up and Bing loss narrowed.

If you happen to follow the phone industry, though, the silence about Windows Phone sales at the results announcement should speak volumes about how well the platform is doing.

Why so? Microsoft detailed pretty much everything in its report - Windows 7, Xbox 360, Kinect sales, even Bing’s market share, but when it came to Windows Phone it deserved only a mention. “A lot of excitement.” That’s what Microsoft had to report about its phone platform, which obviously hasn’t yet gotten enough traction for Redmond to brag about its sales.

Now, when previously Microsoft didn’t have a phone maker of the scale of Nokia focus fully on its platform, there were more reasons to excuse Windows Phone not getting traction. With Nokia on the Windows Phone ship from this quarter, the clock has already started ticking.

We should note though, that in the Holiday quarter Nokia had its first Windows Phone devices only in limited markets. The next couple of quarters will be the ones that truly determine the faith of Windows Phone, so it’s a bit too early to speak doom and gloom.

“We delivered solid financial results, even as we prepare for a launch year that will accelerate many of our key products and services,” CEO Steve Ballmer summed up in a statement. “Coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, we’re seeing very positive reviews for our new phones and PCs, and a strong response to our new Metro style design that will unify consumer experiences across our phones, PCs, tablets, and television in 2012.”

What do you think about the future of Windows Phone, will it catch up to be the third major ecosystem in the mobile world?

source: Microsoft, AllThingsD



21. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Wouldn't be surprised if WP becomes wildly profitable in the coming quarters of 2012.

23. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

and android has hit its peak.i think it will only go down here on out

12. gharatnikhil

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Nokia rocks apple and andro sucks

11. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hey, we're talking about Microsoft, they did everything to make Xbox popular, in some Countries is the top selling. Microsoft will try until succeed.

9. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Its because wp7 sales are very poor,nobody except a niche group wants them. Its mainly due to the restrictions,limitations and the dull boring block interface as well as limited app market. We've sold only about 5 windows phone in my store over the past few months and those we sold only because the customers in question were looking for a specific need for work which only works on windows phones.

10. MickDM

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

10M sales amidst such strong opposition is a bit more than niche...however, i applaud your store for selling 5, since most stores are not knowledgeable enough to know when a WP would actually fill a specific business/work need...much kudos, indeed! ;)

17. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

So you say in a lot of posts, and I do not doubt you for a second andro. But, I am not feeling that as much as this time last year. The AT&T store in Champaign, IL I spend a lot of time in has a couple of salespeople who are bullish on WP and have told me they sell a few a week. Surely a drop in the bucket compared to Android and iPhones, but a respectable amount. You start looking at best buy and amazon top sellers and WP always has a device in the top 20. Sprint users started the online petition for more WP support, and had close to 10,000 signatures on it in a few days. Yep, WP has a huge hill to climb. But like others point out: Microsoft has patience, manufacturers support, and a few bucks in it's bank account. Niche device? Maybe, but not for much longer.

7. MickDM

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

oh, but victor, it's NEVER too early for you to speak doom and gloom towards the WP ecosystem... ;)

16. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Yeah, kinda noticed that as well. Poor Vic, like his stuff, why saddle him with stories on an OS he obviously is not that impressed with?

3. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I think Windows is already third IMO, the current market is 1.Android 2.Apple 3.Windows 4.Rim etc.. Thats how I see things anway and that what I believe the future will be. Windows is never really going catch android or ios and with the continuing innovation and development of android it never will.

6. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i cud see it catching up to android.. but not ios.. ios seems to have a dedicated fan base but i really dont think all those android people are committed.. they just have t cause they dont want an iphone and there is nothing else.. i dont htink it will even get huge huge numbers but i think it could eventually get like 15% marketshare

25. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I think you mean they will catch apple and not android because android market share blows everything else off the map! Windows could possibly catch android but its hard to beat open source with closed source and with apples dedicated fan base android came into the game after then and surpassed them!

8. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Time changes

14. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

well, in my opinion windows phone will overgrow android and iOS if it takes off. the point is that as an operating system, its surely better than android. the only hurdle is the lack of apps...almost every one who uses this phone says that its better than android handsets. and it will also overtake iOs because that OS is backed up by just one handset...which after few years will possibly lose. SO...if this windows phone reaches some 15% market will be unstoppable then..

15. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

thats what i beleive

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ehh.. it might take iOS some day, but the open source nature of android will keep it in first place. Its too pliable. Dont get me wrong, i really dig WP7, but when you do open vs closed source, open always wins.

22. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I actually agree, remixfa. WP overtaking iOS is totally dependent on iOS. If Apple ever peaks and starts to fall under it's own weight, unable to maintain both software and hardware efforts, than WP can overtake it. Microsoft only needs worry about the software, a ton easier. But Android is conformed to so many different UI builds and can be customized by the end user, it is hard to see Android fall from #1. I could see WP cut into both ecosystems, which would be a victory all by itself.

24. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

you mean linux wins against windows? hahaha

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