A vent comic about self hatred, expectations and standards that are set up for failure, pushing away friends, and trying again despite the mostly self-inflicted odds.
To put the Surface revenue in perspective, the $853 million amounts to roughly 4.4 percent of the total Windows Division revenue of $19.2 billion for the fiscal year. It’s also less than the $900 million charge that Microsoft took against earnings two weeks ago to reflect a $150 price drop in the Surface RT, attempting to clear inventory due to slow sales.
For more context, Microsoft also notes in the filing that Windows sales and marketing expenses rose $1 billion in the fiscal year, an increase of 34 percent, “reflecting an $898 million increase in advertising costs associated primarily with Windows 8 and Surface.”
In other words, Microsoft spent more to advertise Windows 8 and Surface than it made in Surface revenue.
If one looks back not too long ago, to the fantastical, mystical time of 2004, almost a decade ago, it was a weird, hellish landscape. Especially in Iraq, where the leader of the free world was continuing his crusade and racking up a body count of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi people. In America, election season was ramping up again, and the latest and greatest Rockstar joint had just dropped - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
It wouldn’t be until the next year that it’s deep, dark, long forgotten yet deep roasted secret would finally come to light, like finding a dead fly in a coffee filter. That dead fly being a very poorly made and kinda horrifying looking sex mini game, of course. Early Summer 2005, “Hot Coffee” was found in the PC release of GTA: San Andreas, and the entire world exploded in agony at the discovery of hidden, stashed away code nobody thought would come to fruition, yet curious minds and modders with a little computer know-how digging through the game’s files uncovered “Hot Coffee” and released a patch online that activated the content. It was a tremendous embarrassment to Rockstar Games and forced them to clamp down on loose content in their releases, and a real show that in this day and age of the Internet, anybody can find anything if they truly try hard enough.