Microsoft appears to have ignored the fact that PC sales the world over are in a state of decline, having this week reported record-breaking revenues for its financial Q2 2013. What’s more, performance was up almost across the board and the company’s Windows Division experienced a remarkable year on year increase of 24%.
Total company revenue of $21.46 billion was reported by the Redmond software giant, indicating an uptick of 3% compared to the same time last year.
Sales of Windows Phone devices were up a lofty 400% according to Microsoft, while Skype minutes topped out at 138 billion – representing an increase of 59%.
What all of the above amounts to is a situation whereby the company behind the much-disputed Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets would appear to have its successes guaranteed for the immediate future at least, regardless of how well or otherwise its tablet PC project performs.
Having officially been confirmed for a February 9th release date, the high-end Surface Pro tablet has been largely criticized as targeting a market that doesn’t exist for the sole reason of its near $1,000 price-tag.
However, Microsoft’s hardware woes – assuming they become such – will most likely once again take a significant turn in the right direction later this year, when the launch of the Xbox 720 prior to the holiday season generated the tens of millions of sales guaranteed by the next-generation console.