trailing the latest PlayStation in initial sales, it outsold its rival
in the US for the Month of December. All told during the last quarter
Redmond pushed 3.9 million of the next-gen (now-gen?) gaming rigs out to
retail channels. That's in addition to 3.5 million Xbox 360s, which are
still selling well and are quite a bargain compared to the new systems.
Another unit that struggled early on, Surface, seems to be righting
the ship as well. (Though, its rough patch lasted a ways longer than the
Xbox One's.) Revenues from Surface sales more than doubled from $400
million last quarter to $893 million. And let's not forget, that $400
million dollars represented a 47 percent increase over the quarter before that.
Obviously, things are not all rosy. Its desktop consumer Office and Windows 8
offerings continue to see revenues fall. But, the growth of its device
division and increased income from Bing (which, stunningly, now accounts
for 18.2 percent of searches in the US, according to Microsoft) are
beginning to compensate for the "softness in the consumer PC market."
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