Microsoft by the Numbers: Because Sometimes Words Are Not Enough
Article by George Norman
On 15 Aug 2013
Because numbers can sometimes tell a story better than words, Microsoft rolled out a new site called Microsoft the Numbers. It uses live tiles to highlight important facts about Microsoft’s success.


Words aren’t that effective when you’re trying to tell Microsoft’s story, when you want to let others know how successful the company’s business and products are. Numbers on the other hand can paint a clearer picture. For that reason Microsoft rolled out a new website that focuses on numbers – the appropriately named Microsoft by the Numbers.

By using live tiles, the application provides an insight into how successful Microsoft and Microsoft products are. It also provides some other interesting numbers that are somehow related to Microsoft. Here are some examples:
  • More than 100 million Windows 8 licenses have been sold to date.
  • More than 76 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide.
  • Skype users spend up to 2 billion minutes per day using the service.
  • The Windows Store has seen 250 million app downloads from users Over 250 million people have a SkyDrive.
  • There are more than 170,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store.
  • has over 400 million active users and is the world’s fastest-growing email service.
  • Microsoft’s employee Giving campaign has donated $1 billion to over 31,000 charities.
  • About 554,000 pizza slices and an additional 250,000 personal-sized pizzas are consumed each year by hungry employees in Microsoft cafeterias.
Microsoft by the Numbers “uses a familiar interface to highlight some of the important (and not-so-important) facts about our business and our company,” explained Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft. “In the spirit of live tiles, we’ll update this site frequently, so you can keep apprised of the progress we’re making in our transition to a devices and services company, and of how many cans of Coke Zero we’re consuming each year (hint: it’s the most popular soda on our campus).”

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