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Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells 179

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DroidJason1 writes: "Revealed from a 10-Q filed by Microsoft with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Microsoft has been losing $300 million and counting for the Surface in the last nine months. Data from Strategy Analytics has also revealed that Microsoft's Windows-powered tablets now own a 6% global tablet share, in Q1 of 2014. Android, on the other hand, remains at the top with a 66% global share. Apple's iOS fell to 28%."
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Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

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  • by afidel (530433) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @12:48AM (#46875467)

    Old data is old, Android is up to 24% [statcounter.com] globally, and 35% [statcounter.com] in Asia and the trend lines are pretty obvious.

  • Obvious Trend (Score:3, Informative)

    by SuperKendall (25149) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @01:03AM (#46875535)

    I notice you ignored North America, where the trend line is that Android is flat and Apple is increasing...

    Also my main point was how bogus the Android numbers from the main summary are. You may not have noticed, but your global numbers say EXACTLY what I was saying, that "66% marketshare" is a bald-faced lie given the actual usage we are seeing. Apple is still vastly far ahead in tablet usage, and even globally the Android increase year on year is incredibly slight.

  • by afidel (530433) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @01:40AM (#46875705)
  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @01:46AM (#46875715)

    I rarely use it for web browsing because so many web sites suck donkey ass on a small touch-screen.

    They don't when you are using a real tablet, I use my iPad for browsing all the time. That's the point, Android tablets are simply not as useful (or as used).

  • Strategy Analytics? (Score:4, Informative)

    by whisper_jeff (680366) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @06:52AM (#46876781)

    People still put any trust in what Strategy Analytics has to say? Seriously?

    Their numbers are routinely discredited, in the extreme. They aren't making slight errors - they are overtly fabricating numbers seemingly out of thin air all with an eye on, as they say on their own website, "improving competitive positioning" for their clients. They aren't a market analyst firm. They have clients and they serve the interest of those clients, up to and including creating the impression that their clients are performing in the market better than they actually are.

    Even when confronted with hard numbers that show their figures are off by several million, they stand firm and do not correct their data. We're not talking about being off by slight degrees - we're talking about figures large enough to engulf the entire reported sales figures of major manufacturers. We're talking about things like figures including phantom product categories that nobody - nobody - can verify.

    They are making shit up.

    Come on - they aren't reliable even as one set of data points to be viewed alongside other analysts firms' data. I could make up numbers and be as reliable as they are. If we want to be taken seriously as knowledgable nerds, we have to stop putting any stock into anything that comes out of companies like Strategy Analytics.

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