Microsoft by the numbers: A look into how many people are using Microsoft’s products and services

Joseph Finney

Microsoft by the numbers: A look into how many people are using Microsoft's products and services

Microsoft has collected all the stats about its products and services into a report which was released on November 13th. These numbers provide insight into the massive amount of users Microsoft has across the company. From Windows to Office 365 to Yammer to Xbox Live, Microsoft has millions of customers to keep in mind when making changes to their offerings.

At the top of the list, Windows is used by 1.5 billion people and Office is used by 1.2 billion people. This sets the stage for how massive and pervasive Microsoft’s user base it for their core products. Windows and Office are Microsoft’s oldest and most well-known and used products, but the picture is rosy for their new products and services too.

The consumer cloud consisting of Office 365 Home and Personal,, and OneDrive see 7.1 million subscribers, 400 million active users, and 200 million users respectively. These are good numbers and the millions Office 365 subscribers means that consumers are still willing to pay for their software and are open to a service model. Xbox Live sees more than 48 million members in 41 countries, which is probably the primary source of income for the Xbox division.

Windows 10 across devices

Along with Office comes the Office apps on iOS and Android. These apps were recently made free for users and after that change jumped to the top of the Apple App store. Microsoft says that Office for the iPad has been downloaded more than 45 million times. This shows that Office has a strong demand even on competitor’s platforms.

Microsoft is doing a great job when it comes to the enterprise with Azure, SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics, and Yammer. Azure has been seeing great growth and adoption by big Fortune 500 companies. With 57% of Fortune 500 companies on Azure, seven of the top ten using Microsoft Dynamics, and 80% on the Microsoft Cloud, enterprise is making a clear choice to choose Microsoft often.

Overall, Microsoft has been making great strides in their core products and services. New enterprise offerings like Azure have been seeing great adoption across industries. Unfortunately, Microsoft has had a more difficult time getting consumers to pay attention to their new products like Windows Phone and Windows Store apps. This is why there has been a renewed focus from the teams at Windows and Windows Phone to unify their consumer offerings to make it a simple and understandable offering.

Currently, there are more than 525,000 apps in the Windows and Windows Phone Stores combined.

Windows 10 plans to span the devices across desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, and game consoles in order to simplify the consumer story. Microsoft is hoping this new approach will entice consumers to give Microsoft a second look for their personal products and make Microsoft as successful with consumers as they are with companies.