Windows Phone finally making significant contribution to Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division
On the eve of Microsoft’s restructuring, which would seem Windows Phone folded into the same division as Windows, Microsoft has acknowledged their mobile OS made a significant contribution to the $1.92 billion revenue of the Entertainment and Devices Division.
The group, which is responsible for the Xbox also, beat their Q4 2012 performance by $134 million, and Microsoft writes that much of this was driven by a $222 million increase in Windows Phone revenue and patent licensing. The improvement in that area was off-set by lower Xbox 360 platform revenue due to the aging platform.
The numbers do not unfortunately let us know how much Windows Phone is earning for Microsoft, but I suspect in another 4 quarters the OS will finally be joining Microsoft’s billion dollar business club.