Fun Facts and Figures from Microsoft
Last week, Microsoft held its annual financial analysts meeting,
which always provides a wellspring of information for people
interested in how the company has performed and what it plans for the
coming years. I'm still pouring over the videos, transcripts, and
Microsoft PowerPoint presentations that came out of the event, but
here are some interesting numbers I was able to cull so far, in no
- Microsoft is increasing its research and development funding in
fiscal year 2004 by 8 percent.
- Microsoft has shipped 130 million Windows XP licenses; 70 percent
are XP Professional Edition.
- PC sales grew 3 percent in the past year, but Microsoft's client
business grew 11 percent; overall, Microsoft grew 13 percent
year-over-year, thanks largely to Licensing 6.0 and users migrating to
- Microsoft said 350 million PCs still run Windows NT or Windows
- Windows and Linux are the only server platforms that will grow
market share over the next year. Currently, Windows Server owns 53.1
percent of the server market, compared with 16.7 percent for Linux.
Next year, the mix will be roughly 53.7 percent to 19.2 percent--in
Windows' favor. Windows Server sales grew 7.7 percent in fiscal year
2003, compared with 19.2 percent for Linux.
- Today, 37 percent of developers use Microsoft .NET, compared with
34 percent for Java (a year ago the ratio was 25:30). More than 2.5
million developers use .NET technologies.
- Microsoft has sold more than 150 million Microsoft Exchange
Server seats worldwide.
- Approximately 500 million cell phones are in use worldwide.
- 25 million unique users visit Microsoft Office Online each month.
- Microsoft has shipped 9.4 million Xboxes; each customer buys an
average of 5 software titles for the device, and Xbox Live has more
than 500,000 paid subscribers.
- Microsoft Office System products that aren't part of the core
Office suite earn the company more than $1 billion each year.
Microsoft Project alone generated $500 million in revenue in the past
- Microsoft applied for 1500 patents in fiscal year 2003.
- Almost half of the email that goes through Hotmail's servers--or
2.4 billion messages every day--is spam; in 2001, it was only 8
- Spam costs about a penny to send--and a dollar to receive;
Microsoft estimates spam is a $10 billion-a-year problem for the
- MSN Messenger is the largest free Instant Messaging (IM) service
on the planet, and more than 9 million people are using the service
concurrently at any given time.
- Google currently indexes only 30 percent to 40 percent of all Web
- More than 80 million people worldwide access the Internet with a
- More than 70 percent of all time online is spent communicating
with email and IM; less than 30 percent is spent browsing the Web.