'Microsoft by the numbers' 2015: 700k Windows Store Apps, 1.2bn Office users

Microsoft's newly updated 'by the Numbers' website shows progress in some areas while others stay the same.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer
The 'Microsoft by the Numbers' website boasts nearly 700,000 Windows Store apps.
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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.

Microsoft already revealed in August that 75 million people had installed Windows 10, and while that has likely increased since then, it's the official number for now. Microsoft says it wants to reach one billion Windows 10 devices by 2018. It doesn't say how many people use all versions of Windows anymore but last year it highlighted that 1.5 billion people did.

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.

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.

One figure that has seen a significant increase is the number of apps in the Windows Store, which is up from 525,000 last November (across the Windows and Windows Phone Stores) to 669,000 apps today, with hundreds being added each day.

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.

The company claims to have cleaned up more than 10 million malware infections while working with partners during its legal and technical botnet take-downs.

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.

Meanwhile the company's fiber optic network could stretch to the moon and back three times over.

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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