Sections
Shortcuts
Business

Slumping Surface, Windows woes hit giant

Microsoft’s write-down for expected Surface tablet losses came to $900 million.
Microsoft’s write-down for expected Surface tablet losses came to $900 million.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

This is a summary. To read the whole story subscribe to BostonGlobe.com

Microsoft shares slumped after the software giant booked a large write-off to its Surface RT business after it slashed prices on the tablets to stimulate demand this week. Fourth-quarter earnings results also showed that its Windows 8 operating system has been so poorly received that it contributed to a revenue drop in its operating system software unit. The results raise new questions of whether Microsoft could transform itself into a ‘‘devices and services’’ company that is less reliant on providing PC software.

Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.

Get the full story with unlimited access to BostonGlobe.com.

Just 99 cents for four weeks.

Sections
Shortcuts

Share