Microsoft has announced the results of its most recent financial quarter and the mobile devices portion of the software giant saw a substantial increase in revenue. However, this was not enough to make it a profitable part of the company.
The company is currently divided into seven segments, of which the Mobile and Embedded Devices group is by far the smallest.
This group is responsible for everything that runs a version of Windows CE, including Pocket PCs and Windows Mobile smartphones.
Last quarter, revenue for this segment was $74 million. Revenue during the same quarter of last year was $49 million.
In a statement, the company credited Windows Mobile with the increase. “Mobile and Embedded Devices revenue was up more than 50 percent due to continued adoption of Windows Mobile software.”
Unfortunately, this was not sufficient to make the mobile devices segment a profitable part of the company. It lost $2 million during the quarter. Still, that’s much less than in the same quarter of 2004, when it lost $29 million.
Although Microsoft issued future revenue and income guidance for the whole company, it did not make any predictions about the Mobile and Embedded Devices segment specifically.
Coming up with financial results for Windows Mobile is going to be much more difficult next quarter, as the Mobile and Embedded Devices segment is being combined with the group that is responsible for the Xbox to create a new Entertainment & Devices Division.