‘Microsoft by the numbers’ 2015


Microsoft has updated its ‘by the Numbers’ website, offering a snapshot of the company’s progress on products, corporate responsibility, and employee diets. But while it has made gains in some areas, in some others it hasn’t moved much.

Somewhat surprisingly, the company reports that “more than 1.2 billion people use Office” worldwide, equal to one in seven people on earth. It reported the exact same figure last year based on November 2014 statistics. In 2013, Microsoft reported over one billion Office users, again equal to one in seven people on earth.

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Office has been downloaded more than 150 million times on iPhones, iPads, and Android devices, compared to last year when Office for iPad apps had been downloaded more than 45 million times. Currently on Google Play, Word has been installed up to 50 million times, while Excel and PowerPoint have been installed up to 10 million times each by Google’s 1.4 billion Android users.

Outlook now has more than 400 million active users worldwide — but again that number doesn’t appear to have increased since November last year.

Also on the rise appears to be time spent on Skype. Microsoft says: “Skype users make up to 3 billion minutes of calls each day.” Last year it said: “Skype users make an average of 50 billion minutes of calls per month”, which would equate to 1.6 billion minutes per day.

There’s no change on the Microsoft Cloud front, with 80 percent of the Fortune 500 still using its cloud services. The same goes for the 40 percent of Azure revenue coming from startups and ISVs, while 20 percent of Azure VMs are Linux.

On the corporate social responsibility front, Microsoft said it donates $2.6m in software each day to 86,000 non-profits worldwide, while staff have donated more than $1 billion to over 31,000 charities.

Finally, the ‘by the Number’ site has informed the world that Microsoft’s Redmond employees love French fries and eat just under one million orders from its campus cafeterias each year.

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