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Old 12-07-2012, 06:44 AM   #64
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Indeed. Any one of those generate a lot more profit than entire companies.
But they wouldn't even pay Microsoft's legal bills. Microsoft couldn't survive on what it makes from any of them.

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The fabled "man in the street" should, however, be at least somewhat aware of a certain 70-million-unit-and counting XBOX 360 business that is generating a few hundred million in profits a year.
In FY2012 the entire Entertainment and Devices Division generated $364 million in operating income, only part of it from X-Box (nor is X-Box consistently profitable). And don't forget that for most of its existence X-Box has been a financial sinkhole for Microsoft, which overall is still several billion dollars shy of seeing a profit from the video console.

Compare that with total operating income of $21 billion in FY12. X-Box profits are a rounding error for Microsoft.
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