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Microsoft's Surface Peeks Its Head Out From the Grave

The company more than doubled sales of its tablets during the last three months of the calendar year compared to the previous quarter.

Jason Del Rey has been a business journalist for 15 years and has covered Amazon, Walmart, and the e-commerce industry for the last decade. He was a senior correspondent at Vox.

When was the last time Microsoft had some good news to tell you about its Surface line of tablets? That’s right. Probably never.

What about some not-so-awful news? Probably today.

In its fiscal second-quarter earnings release today, Microsoft said Surface revenue was $893 million during the final quarter of calendar year 2013, up from $400 million in the preceding quarter. It didn’t, however, provide information on the number of units sold and it did cost the company $932 million to generate the Surface revenue.

Still, that’s some holly jolly holiday season news, considering the Surface’s track record. The bad news, of course, is that Microsoft’s share in the tablet market is still minuscule.

Microsoft has apparently seen enough to stay committed to the Surface business for now. Sources said the company is currently working on new models. The company released its second line of Surface tablets in October and started slashing prices of its earlier model.

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