Microsoft made official its financial performance for the fourth quarter of the financial year 2014 a couple of days back, and the numbers were pretty balanced with positive and negative results.
The figures can be viewed here, but the more interesting observation is the fact that the company registered sales of 5.8 million Lumia devices to go with 30.3 million other phones. So how do these figures compare to the same period last year?
Not so good — in fact, 21% lower.
But there is more to the story. These are actually partial figures, as Microsoft only included sales between April 25 and June 30 in this report. April 25, as you may recall, is the day when the purchase of Nokia’s devices and services unit was officially completed.
If you include sales from the 24 days prior to this date, a million or so more units would fit in.
So a calculated estimate is that more than 8 million Lumia devices changed hands during the second quarter of 2014, which if true, marks an improvement in shipments from the same time a year ago.
Overall, however, sales came in a bit lower when compared to the last two quarters, which is not too surprising keeping in mind the gap between launches of new Lumia smartphones.
With handsets like the Lumia 630, Lumia 635 and Lumia 930 now out, and depending on how quickly the recently announced Lumia 530 makes its way to the market, sales should, hopefully, be a bit more for this current quarter.