Microsoft's hardware business is a rollercoaster ride
And the Phone Hardware business had its own dip of $748 million in revenue, or 38%, because fewer people are buying Microsoft phones, and those that do are buying cheaper phones.But any good rollercoaster goes up, too: The Computing and Gaming hardware division, encompassing Surface tablets and Xbox games consoles, increased $591 million, or 44%, to a grand total of $1.93 billion in revenue.
"I believe our participation in the phone segment is important," Nadella said. "We need to be smart about how many of these phones we want to make."
In other words, Microsoft is going to work towards getting its Windows Phone and Phone Hardware divisions into profitability, even if that means focusing on a more modest range of "premium" devices, Nadella said.
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