Those reports of Microsoft's Surface 2 being in short supply during the holiday season weren't apocryphal. The Surface sold well in the calendar fourth-quarter, racking up $893 million in revenues, according to Microsoft.
The sales, which were reported in Microsoft's fiscal second quarter, compare to revenues of $400 million in the previous quarter. The figure almost makes up for the $900 million charge the company took on Surface RT in its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended June 30, 2013. That charge came as Microsoft was sitting on an estimated 6 million unsold Surface RT tablets