BlackBerry reported a much smaller than expected quarterly loss and said it was concentrating on growth and investments, even as concerns about weak revenue linger. 

The company, which is moving to focus more on software and services as part of a drawn-out turnaround, also reported a huge number of conversions onto its heavily promoted new mobile device management platform. 

John Chen, who became BlackBerry's chief executive officer in November, has moved rapidly to cut costs, sell certain assets and strengthen the company's balance sheet. 

He has said, however, that any revenue growth is only likely to begin in 2015, with the sales of new products and services. 

The company reported a net loss of $207m, or 39 cents per share, for the second quarter ended August 30. That compared with a year-earlier loss of $965m, or $1.84 per share. 

Excluding one-time items such as charges for restructuring, the loss was two cents a share. 

"Our workforce restructuring is now complete, and we are focusing on revenue growth with judicious investments to further our leadership position in enterprise mobility and security," Chen said in a statement. 

Revenue fell more than 40% to $916m from a year earlier. While it increased from the prior quarter in North America, it slipped elsewhere. 

Chen wants BlackBerry to stay a competitor in smartphones while building on strengths in areas like mobile data security and mobile device management. 

The success of this plan depends to a large degree on the revenue generation abilities of the company's new mobile device management system, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 (BES12). 

The software, which is set for a mid-November launch, allows companies and government agencies to manage and secure not just BlackBerry devices running on their networks, but also Android, Windows and iOS-based phones and tablets. 

BlackBerry said it had issued 3.4 million licenses for its current BES10 platform, a sharp increase from the prior quarter. 

Some 25% of the new customers came from rival mobile device managers. These new clients will automatically be entitled to BES12 upgrades.