Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Microsoft by the Numbers


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Microsoft needs little introduction. The software giant, headquartered in Redmond, Washington, has been around since 1975 and gradually became one of the most influential enterprises of the world. With its extensive product portfolio the company is highly ranked in terms of gaming consoles, instant messaging, enterprise technology, apprenticeship programs and of course operating systems.


For the lovers of technology and numbers, Microsoft has created a fascinating collection of visual statistics about its products and services. 

Snapshot of some stats

Emails have become essential in our lives and thus so did email clients. Microsoft’s client Outlook now has over 400 million users. Besides the so-called traditional e-messaging, Microsoft also plays a key role in instant messaging, now that it has recently acquired Skype. Here comes a real shocker. Every single day, Skype users all over the world spend 2 billion minutes chatting. That is more than 3,400 years of time spent every single day! 


Game consoles also constitute a large chunk of Microsoft’s product portfolio. Since its launch in 2005, over 76 million Xbox 360s have been sold worldwide, accompanied by more than 24 million Kinect sensors.

Having won more than 320 major awards, the company is referred to as one of the best and most prestigious employers and they definitely know a lot about hospitality. Their employees consume around 2.6 million gallons of free beverages and over 550,000 slices of pizza each year. However, since they employ around 97,000 people, these figures are probably less shocking than the statistics of Skype mentioned earlier.

For further facts and the entire collection click here.

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.