The above graph represents the number of Microsoft Office 365 Consumer subscribers, worldwide. As of December 2019, Microsoft has 37.2 million Office 365 Consumer subscribers, globally – highest-ever till date. That represents an impressive 11.7% YoY increase in the number of Office 365 consumer subscribers.
Growth in Office 365 Consumer Subscribers: History
|Source||Microsoft Quarterly reports, SEC Filings|
|Note||Microsoft financial year – from July 1 to June 30|
During fiscal Q4 2019, Office 365 consumer subscribers count reached to 34.8 million, with 10.8% YoY increase.
It was the first time in fiscal Q3 2018 when the number of Office 365 consumer subscribers crossed the 30 million mark globally. The 16.8% YoY growth was primarily due to the company’s decision to remove the install limit on devices for all Office 365 consumer subscription users. According to that, starting October 2, Office 365 Home and Personal users will be able to install Office on all their devices. Also, the users can sign into their accounts on up to five concurrent devices at the same time.
As the graph shows, in just five years, Office 365 consumer subscribers grew over 5X, from just 7.1 million in FY Q1 2015 to a whopping 35.6 million in FY Q1 2020, worldwide.
Fiscal Q4 2015 was the first time when the number of Office 365 subscribers surpassed 15.2 million, globally. After one year, exactly in fiscal Q4 2016, the total subscribers count increased to 22.2 million, with an astonishing 79% year-over-year increase.
About Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is an American multinational technology company, founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975. The company is best known for its software products such as Microsoft Windows OSs, Microsoft Office Suite, and web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market during the 1980-81 when it formed a partnership with IBM to provide MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System) for IBM PCs. This implied that for every computer sold by IBM having Microsoft’s OS, a royalty was paid to Microsoft.
On November 20, 1985, Microsoft launched Windows – a graphical operating environment that runs on MS-DOS.
On March 13, 1986, Microsoft had a highly successful initial public offering (IPO) for $21 per share. By the end of the day, the stock price had risen to $35.50, which made Bill Gates an instant multi-millionaire, with 44.8% of the company’s stock.
On May 22, 1990, Microsoft launched Windows 3.0. Interestingly, Microsoft’s Windows 3.0 became the first widely successful version of Windows, from the very first day.
Microsoft has made ten acquisitions worth over one billion dollars: Skype (2011), aQuantive (2007), Fast Search & Transfer (2008), Navision (2002), Visio Corporation (2000), Yammer (2012), Nokia’s mobile and devices division (2013), Mojang (2014), LinkedIn (2016) and GitHub (2018).
Microsoft recently overtook Apple to become the world’s most valuable company, clocking $1 trillion valuation.
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