Microsoft reported record revenues of $17.41 billion for the past quarter, but profits slipped 2.4% from the same period a year earlier, down from $5.23 billion to $5.11 billion.
PC sales were sluggish due to the twin pressures of a hard-disk shortage brought on by flooding in parts of Asia and the ongoing shift from traditional computers to mobile devices such as tablets.
Microsoft’s tablet strategy won’t be fully realized until the fall, when Windows tablets are expected to debut alongside the company’s new PC operating system, Windows 8.
Microsoft did take a hit in its Xbox division, with revenues dropping 16%, which Microsoft blames on a soft game console market. Nonetheless, the company remains upbeat about the Xbox platform, pointing out it’s currently the market leader, and has been for more than a year.
“We’ve really staked out a unique value proposition,” said Microsoft CFO Peter Klein on an earnings call. “We view Xbox Live as a persistent long-term revenue stream. We feel great about out leadership position.”
The good news was from the company’s business-oriented products, like Office 365, Lync and Sharepoint, and there was double-digit revenue growth in those areas. Microsoft attributes its growing strength in the enterprise market to its unique offerings, particularly with cloud services.