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Surface books third straight quarter in the black

Gregg Keizer | April 27, 2015
Microsoft on Thursday reported the third-consecutive quarter of gross profit for its Surface tablet line, with revenue up 44% compared to the same period the year before.

For example, the $713 million in revenue, the one figure that Microsoft clearly acknowledged in its 10-Q with the SEC, amounted to just 3.3% of the company's total revenue for the quarter of $21.7 billion. In comparison, Apple's iPad accounted for 11.6% of the Cupertino, Calif. firm's December quarter revenue, the latest available.

The Surface's gross profit played an even smaller part on Microsoft's balance sheet: For the March quarter, the estimated $137 million in gross profit amounted to only 0.9% of Microsoft's $14.6 billion total.

That's almost a rounding error.


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