The above graph represents Microsoft Xbox Live monthly active users, by fiscal quarter. Microsoft stopped revealing the number of Xbox Live MAUs from fiscal Q1 2020. Instead, the company reported “Xbox Content and Services Revenue” in its quarterly report. The Xbox Live MAUs in fiscal Q4 2019 grew 14% YoY to 65 million – highest-ever in history. It was a 3.2% or 2 million increase when compared to the previous quarter.
|Source||Microsoft Quarterly reports, SEC Filings|
|Note||Microsoft financial year – from July 1 to June 30|
In fiscal Q3 2019, Microsoft reported 63 million Xbox Live monthly active users, globally.
Interestingly, the number of monthly active Xbox Live users in fiscal Q2 2017 had grown 14.6% YoY, reaching 55 million for the first time. This was mainly due to the holiday season and the increasing sales of Xbox One and Xbox One S (launch on August 2, 2016).
It is important to note that the second quarter of every year (during Oct-Dec) has always been the most promising quarter for Microsoft as more and more people came and used Xbox Live service.
Microsoft Xbox Live: Additional Information
Microsoft launched Xbox Live in November 2002. It is the first comprehensive, fee-based online gaming service that’s fully dedicated to fast-action broadband gaming experiences. On November 15, 2002, more than 10,000 U.S. and Canadian retail outlets began selling the Xbox Live Starter Kit, at $49.99 (U.S.) and $79.99 (CDN), respectively.
On March 14, 2003, Xbox Live was launch in eight European countries including France, Germany and the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
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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