Microsoft’s decision not to ship Surface Mini reflected in 2014 cost of revenue

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Microsoft's decision not to ship Surface Mini reflected in 2014 cost of revenue

Today’s earnings call from Microsoft includes some interesting facts and figures. While financial results don’t tend to make for particularly fascinating reading, the FY2014 results are surprisingly revealing. We already know that revenue from the Surface range was $409 million, but the revelation hides another little snippet of information.

Microsoft says that–whilst managing to avoid naming the device directly–that the cost of revenue played a role in the decision not to release the Surface Mini earlier in the year:

“Current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor.”

The Earnings Release for the year is not really the place to discuss in detail what the future holds, so there is no hint at when the Mini might be released. COO Kevin Turner, said: “Looking forward, we are excited by the amazing opportunities enabled by our technology roadmap and our strong engagement across partners, customers, and developers.”

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