Earlier today, Microsoft hosted the Shareholder Meeting in Seattle, where a few interesting stats and figures were revealed by Steve Ballmer, CEO – Microsoft. A few of them are worth repeating below:
- The previous fiscal year (July 1 2011-June 30 2012) saw cash flow from operations increase to 17 percent (US$31.6 billion).
- More than 40 million Windows 8 licenses were sold in the initial launch month.
- Windows Phone 8, having been recently launched, has seen a sales increase of more than 300% (four times more phones were sold than last year).
- Xbox 360 maintained its lead as the number one entertainment console when more than 750,000 consoles were sold during the Black Friday week in U.S alone.
- Several Windows 8 apps have reached more than 1 million downloads from the Windows Store.
- Office 365 is turning out to be one of the fastest-growing businesses for Microsoft ever.
- Around 1,500 certified Windows 8 devices of various make and kind are presently available in the market with many more to be launched soon.
- Many businesses have upgraded and happily adopted Windows 8 as their primary OS.
- The Windows Phone Store has more than 120,000 apps and will soon feature 46 of the top 50 apps that people use.
- Halo 4 exceeded expectations by registering a record US $220 million opening.
- Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 upgrades.
- More than US $10 billion was returned to shareholders through stock buybacks and dividends.
- Outlook.com has gone from 0 to 25 million active users in just under four months since it first became available.
- The Server & Tools division now includes six $1 billion businesses.
- Since the inception of the authentication service on the Windows Azure platform in 2010, more than 200 billion authentications have been processed for 50 million active user accounts. In an average week, 4.7 billion authentication requests are received from users in over 420,000 different domains.
“It’s an era of incredible opportunity for Microsoft as well as the millions of developers building for our devices, our 640,000 partners, as well as our customers. We’ve come a long way in the past year, and I could not be more excited for what’s ahead.” – Steve Ballmer
Phew! 2012 seems to be ending on a happy note for Microsoft, for sure.