As the tenure of Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer winds down, the company delivered a surprise of the pleasant kind on Thursday when its second quarter earnings came in stronger than expected.
Among the more notable items, the company said sales of its troubled Surface tablet doubled to $893 million from $400 million in the first quarter.
The company launched the tablet more than a year ago to lukewarm reviews and had to take an embarrassing $900-million write-down last summer because so few sold.
Last fall, the company introduced the Surface 2 to address some of the criticism. And for the moment, it seems to be paying off as sales of consumer products and devices overall grew 13% to $11.91 billion.
Overall, the company reported revenue of $24.52 billion in the second quarter, up from $21.5 billion for the same quarter one year ago. Analysts had expected revenue of $23.68 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. The company's commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.67 billion.