BlackBerry's biggest business is still the provision of software for managing and securing mobile devices in the enterprise, Chen said. The company fueled recent growth in this line with a series of acquisitions, leading to a patchwork software base, but now, Chen said, "all the acquisitions are completely integrated as one platform."
Together, all those changes allowed BlackBerry to report revenue of US$289 million for its fiscal third quarter, the three months to Nov. 30, according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). That's down 47 percent from the $548 million it reported a year earlier.
Its net loss swelled from $89 million in the year-earlier quarter to $117 million, or $0.22 per share -- not great, but a significant improvement on the $1.04 billion loss it notched up in the preceding two quarters.
Take Chen's non-GAAP forecast that BlackBerry will break even in its fourth fiscal quarter with a pinch of salt, though: The same non-GAAP adjustments also transformed that billion-dollar hole in the first half of the year into a loss of only $2 million.
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