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Microsoft’s Surface just hit a major milestone

Updated Jan 26th, 2015 4:39PM EST
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It turns out that flooding the airwaves with product placements for the Surface Pro 3 might finally be paying off for Microsoft. Microsoft on Tuesday reported that it sold $1.1 billion worth of Surface tablets in its fiscal Q2 2015 earnings, marking the first time ever that the company sold more than $1 billion in Surfaces. Last quarter, the company generated $908 million in Surface revenues, which have grown significantly ever since the launch of the Surface Pro 3.

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Microsoft still has a long way to go to catch Apple in terms of hardware revenue, however — Apple is projected to generate more than $8 billion in iPad revenue in its upcoming quarterly earnings report alongside an insane $45 billion in projected iPhone revenue.

All the same, Microsoft must be happy to see Surface revenue top $1 billion, as this quarter’s revenue represented a 24% year-over-year increase from the Surface revenue Microsoft posted in fiscal Q2 2014. Given how the Surface has become a strong seller for Microsoft, we can’t wait to see what it has in store for the Surface Pro 4 when it comes out later this year.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.