“When the world’s leaders meet at the U.N. General Assembly next week, Obama should not only shake hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani but also meet with him privately, hand him a list of a dozen issues to discuss (uranium enrichment, sanctions, regional stability, etc.), and even be prepared to announce, if possible, a time and place for negotiations to begin and a roster of the delegates to be invited.”—Fred Kaplan in Slate, arguing that the ascendency of Rouhani to the presidency represents a rare opportunity for a diplomatic breakthrough between the U.S. and Iran. Rouhani, who was elected over the summer, has made numerousconciliatorygesturestoward the West since taking office. “No Iranian president, in the entire revolutionary period, has said anything remotely this appealing,” says Kaplan, who sees this as “an opportunity no Western leader can pass up.” While Obama officially has “no plan” to meet with Rouhani at the upcoming United Nations summit in New York, he’s also “open” to meeting with him (you can bet those words were careful deliberated before escaping White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s mouth). If they do interface at all, it’ll be the first time since the Iranian Revolution that the American and Iranian heads of state meet in person. source (via shortformblog)
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.