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Surface tablet sales help Microsoft beat analysts estimates

In their quarterly earnings report released on Thursday Microsoft announced revenue of $24.52 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. The revenue numbers exceeded analyst estimates by nearly $1 billion.

Second generation Microsoft Surface 2 tablets are selling much better than the first line
Second generation Microsoft Surface 2 tablets are selling much better than the first line
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A company once known primarily as a software vendor, Microsoft now has the hardware side of their business picking up the slack. Declining software sales were offset by good sales gains in hardware such as the Xbox and Surface tablet product lines.

Surface tablets from goat to hero

Microsoft doesn't say exactly how many tablets it sells each quarter, but they did report encouraging sales numbers in the report released on Thursday.

"Surface revenue more than doubled sequentially, from $400 million in the first quarter to $893 million in the second quarter."

Back in July, Surface tablets were the talk of doom and gloom with dismal sales blamed for a Microsoft stock price free fall. This month the Microsoft Surface tablet line are one of the bright spots in Microsoft's earnings reports.

What a difference a few months makes.

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