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Dan Seifert, reporting for The Verge:
Microsoft today reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of its 2015 fiscal year and unsurprisingly, the massive $7.6 billion write down for its Nokia purchase last year tanked any chances of it turning a profit. The write down pushed Microsoft’s losses to $2.1 billion for the quarter. Excluding the write down and related charges, Microsoft’s other businesses earned a profit of $6.4 billion on $22.2 billion in revenue.
$7.6 billion write-off, no big deal.
$1 billion Xbox writeoff, no big deal.
$900 million write-off for Surface RT, no big deal.
$6.2 billion write-off for Aquantive, no big deal.
★ Tuesday, 21 July 2015