Windows Phone “Mysteriously” Missing From Q3 Earnings Report

I wrote up a brief summary of yesterday’s quarter three earnings report that Microsoft released on Windows7News (a Windows PC website I also write for), which details that while Windows division sales were down, along with the PC market, in general, Microsoft’s Office and Entertainment divisions were, however, a great success in this past quarter.

In the report, Peter Klein, Microsoft’s CFO mentions how great Xbox, Kinect and Xbox LIVE did in the last quarter, growing 60% over the past year.

“We delivered strong financial results despite a mixed PC environment, which demonstrates the strength and breadth of our businesses…consumers are purchasing Office 2010, Xbox and Kinect at tremendous rates, and businesses of all sizes are purchasing Microsoft platforms and applications.” 

The Investor Relations website also summarizes the entertainment division’s quarter:

Entertainment & Devices Division grew 60% year-over-year, fueled by Kinect for Xbox 360, the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in history, continued strong Xbox 360 console sales and growth of Xbox Live.

This is all excellent news for Microsoft and it’s users, but there is one noticeable omission. Windows Phone is the mobile solution for Microsoft and they’ve spent a lot of time and marketing backing their plan, but it is curious why they didn’t mention Windows Phone.

In their earnings call, Microsoft did talk about the deal between Nokia and Microsoft and how they expect it to impact the future of the mobile division, but what about now? I’m not really concerned if Windows Phone doesn’t set the world on fire right out of the gate. In fact, it’s not even a year old. I know Windows Phone is great and so do the people who have one. It will be a huge success, there’s no question in my mind about that, but the numbers, even if they are small, do matter to some folks and I find it strange that Windows Phone was nearly omitted.

You can read the full post on the Microsoft Investor Relations website here.


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