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Microsoft figures - 2021

Find the latest figures from Microsoft, updated regularly.


Founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Microsoft is an American multinational company that develops and sells operating systems, software and computer products. Led by Satya Nadella since 2014, the firm is one of the major players in tech, alongside Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon (GAFAM, also nicknamed Big Five or Big Tech). Its headquarters are located in Redmond, Washington.

On this page, we have compiled various statistics related to Microsoft: its financial results, the number of users of its solutions and products, as well as the company’s key dates.

Microsoft Financial Results

Microsoft has released its financial results for its 3rd quarter 2021. Here are the key figures to remember:

  • Revenues: $41.706 billion, up 19.1% year-over-year,
  • Productivity and Business Processes revenues: $13.6 billion (+15%),
  • Revenues for the Intelligent Cloud business: 15.1 billion (+23%),
  • More Personal Computing revenues: $13 billion (+19%).
  • Net income: $15.5 billion between January and March 2021 (+43.9%).

Note that Microsoft returned $10 billion to its shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends for this Q3 2021 (+1% vs Q3 2020).

Usage statistics for Microsoft products and software

Microsoft Teams usage boosted by the rise of telecommuting

As of April 2021, the Microsoft Teams collaborative messaging app has 145 million daily active users, up 26 percent year over year, boosted by the telecommuting boom during the health crisis. It had 32 million daily users at the beginning of the pandemic. Its main competitor is Zoom, with 300 million daily active users in 2020. More than 100 features have been added in the past year, with more than 100 added since the beginning of 2021.

Windows 10 has 1.3 billion active devices per month

While Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 in early 2020, the Windows 10 operating system, used by a large number of businesses, is now installed on 1.3 billion devices, exceeding the goal announced by its CEO Satya Nadella (1 billion).

Other usage figures for Microsoft software and products

Other figures released by the American firm include:

  • Office 365: nearly 300 million licenses, over 50 million Microsoft 365 subscribers,
  • Microsoft 365 Defender: 30 billion threats blocked on email and nearly 7 billion on endpoints in the last 12 months,
  • GitHub: 65 million registered developers, and a 70% increase in active companies per month in one year,
  • Visual Studio: 25 million active users per month,
  • Power Platform: 16 million active users per month (+97% over one year),
  • Azure Active Directory: more than 300,000 customers of the solution,
  • GPT-3: 4.5 billion words generated per day,
  • LinkedIn: 756 million members.

Key dates for Microsoft

  • April 4, 1975: birth of Microsoft (under the name Micro-Soft),
  • November 6, 1980: signing of the contract for the sale of MS-DOS to IBM,
  • November 20, 1985: launch of Windows 1.0,
  • March 13, 1986: IPO,
  • August 8, 1989: release of Office (1st version),
  • July 9, 1993: launch of Windows NT for businesses,
  • August 24, 1995: release of Windows 95 (with the Start menu),
  • June 25, 1998: launch of Windows 98,
  • August 25, 2001: release of Windows XP,
  • October 27, 2008: start of the Microsoft Azure project,
  • October 22, 2009: launch of Windows 7,
  • February 4, 2014: Satya Nadella becomes CEO,
  • July 29, 2015: release of Windows 10, the latest OS,
  • June 13, 2016: Microsoft acquires LinkedIn,
  • June 4, 2018: announced the acquisition of GitHub.