Microsoft: Xbox 360 consoles sales down; Skype use is up

As part of its fourth quarter 2012 financial announcements, Microsoft revealed some new information on two aspects of its Entertainment and Devices division, which has both the Xbox 360 and Skype business.

In terms of the Xbox 360, Microsoft admitted that it sold 5.9 million consoles during the very busy holiday sales quarter. However, that number was down 28 percent from the same period a year ago, when the company sold 8.2 million. Microsoft also said that its launch of its in-house Xbox 360 game Halo 4 was the "best-selling title" of the Halo series but did not reveal specific sales figures.

As expected, Microsoft did not mention any plans for launching a successor for the Xbox 360, although there are plenty of rumors that the company does plan to release such a product by the end of 2013.

In terms of Skype, Microsoft said that the number of minutes by users of its VoIP service went up 59 percent during the quarter, with a total of 138 billion minutes. Microsoft did not give any information on how much revenue the Skype division generated

The Entertainment and Devices division also has the Windows Phone business, but Microsoft did not give any new information on the status of that division, other than repeating that sales of Windows Phone products are up four times their amount from a year ago,

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I just got a notification from Skype...for messages a friend sent me two days ago, even though we spoke yesterday too.

I can't believe how bad the Skype protocol is.

Why does everyone assume it's going to be called Xbox 720? That's such a retarded name, and they are definitely not gonna use it. I also don't think they are gonna call it Xbox 3, because it's gonna be compared to the PS4.

Yeah, I was thinking of getting a new xbox 360, and I still might, but since my current... two xboxes still work, I can't justify it, so I wait for news on the new xbox first.

Lprd2007 said,
Why does everyone assume it's going to be called Xbox 720?

They don't. Think of it as an easy working name for a machine no one knows the real name of yet.

Lprd2007 said,
Why does everyone assume it's going to be called Xbox 720? That's such a retarded name, and they are definitely not gonna use it. I also don't think they are gonna call it Xbox 3, because it's gonna be compared to the PS4.

Nobody I assuming anything, but given the lack of any other information, it has to be referred to as something and Xbox 720 is as good a temporary name as any.

Darrian said,
Of course Skype is up, they're forcing us to switch clients by killing WLM...

No not really. The figures say "call minutes" is up 59%, not the number of users. Those forced switched from Messenger are more likely just doing text messages rather than placing actual Skype calls.

It doesn't say how the user base has changed. While I'm sure there is probably more use by existing users, I'm sure there are also probably plenty of new users who have never used Skype before testing out calling and video chat as well.

Darrian said,
It doesn't say how the user base has changed. While I'm sure there is probably more use by existing users, I'm sure there are also probably plenty of new users who have never used Skype before testing out calling and video chat as well.

For hours on end? Give me a break. Usage is up because more people are using it and it is available on more devices.

Nice figure on WP. Since they didn't give anything specific I'm going to go on a limb and compare it to a fart in the wind.

Windows Phone sales equal 4 farts in the wind!