Microsoft has released a report on its most recent financial quarter.
With a company as large as Microsoft, it is just about impossible to get detailed financial figures for just one product. However, the results are known for the group that develops the Windows Mobile operating system. However, this group is also responsible for other products.
The company is divided into seven business divisions, of which the Mobile and Embedded Devices group is by far the smallest. This is the group is responsible for Windows CE and all its spin-offs, including the versions for Windows Mobile handhelds and smartphones. MapPoint is also included in this group.
During the April to June quarter, the Mobile Group had revenues of $70 million, a 59 percent increase over the $44 million it had in revenues during the same quarter last year.
However, this increase was not enough to make the group profitable. It lost $42 million during the quarter. Still, this was less than the $68 million it lost during the same quarter of 2003. Microsoft said this group’s operating loss was lower because of growth in revenue and lower operating expenses.
The Mobile and Embedded Devices group isn’t the only unprofitable one at Microsoft. In fact, four of the seven groups didn’t have a positive cash flow during the quarter.However, huge profits from the groups responsible for the Windows operating system and Office software propelled the company to a $3.13 billion profit.
This also marked the end of Microsoft’s financial year. During the twelve months that ended June 30, the Mobile and Embedded group had revenues of $247 million dollars, a 58 percent increase over the same period the previous fiscal year.
Microsoft said ths growth was primarily due to the increase in the number of OEMs and mobile operators shipping Windows Mobile software for smartphones, increases in share for its Pocket PC and embedded products, and increased usage by existing customers of its MapPoint service.
This group lost $224 million during this financial year. Still, this was 19 percent less than the $277 million it had lost the previous year.