Microsoft profit below estimates after tablet charge

The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in BucharestSEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Thursday reported lower-than-expected quarterly earnings as slow personal computer sales ate into its Windows business and it took an unexpected $900 million charge for its inventory of unsold Surface tablets. The world's largest software company reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of 59 cents per share, compared with a 6 cents per share loss in the year-ago quarter when it wrote off the cost of a failed acquisition. Wall Street had expected earnings of 75 cents per share, on average, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Revenue rose 10 percent to $19. …

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Microsoft profit below estimates after tablet charge

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