Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview Downloaded Over 1M times in First 24 Hours; Completes Yammer Acquisition; Funds Six Research Teams to Study Role of Tech in Child Sex Trafficking

Microsoft today shared the numbers from across its products and services covering Windows to Xbox, in a blog post, Microsoft's said in the first 24 hours of Consumer Preview release of Windows 8, there were "more than 1 million downloads." (see the slide below)And, in just over a year, consumers have purchased more than 18 […]

Microsoft today shared the numbers from across its products and services covering Windows to Xbox, in a blog post, Microsoft's said in the first 24 hours of Consumer Preview release of Windows 8, there were "more than 1 million downloads." (see the slide below)

And, in just over a year, consumers have purchased more than 18 million Kinect sensors worldwide. Other numbers include:

  • "More than 50,000 phones have been "smoked" since the Smoked by Windows Phone competition began in January 2012.
  • Over 17 million people store content on SkyDrive every month.
  • Windows Azure clocks in at 816,000 server compute power--that is more server compute power than the entire planet used in 1999.
  • In the 3rd quarter of FY12, more than 100 billion minutes' worth of calls were made using Skype, a 40 percent year-over-year increase.
  • Xbox LIVE members number more than 40 million across 35 countries.
  • More than 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies have selected Microsoft SharePoint.
  • From Facebook to Yelp, Windows Phone Marketplace features more than 100,000 apps.
  • Since October 2009, when the product launched, more than 600 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold.
  • Bing became the No. 2 search engine in terms of U.S. Search Market Share with 2.75 billion searches in December 2011.
  • Microsoft Exchange is the go-to program for PC email management for 84 percent of U.S. businesses.
  • Skype had more than 200 million monthly users on average during Q4 FY11.
  • 2.1 Billion Hours Served each month that Xbox LIVE members are collectively logging.
  • Microsoft is building a more direct connection to its customers, 11 million of whom have been welcomed through our retail store doors," informs Microsoft.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview 1million download in first 24 hours of release

Microsoft on Thursday, announced that Yammer is now official part of the Microsoft Office Division.

"Yammer, the world's fastest-growing enterprise social networking service provides a free service for employees to join a private social network that's intuitive and easy to use. It also enables IT departments to easily transition an employee driven initiative into a managed, social-networking solution."

According to the U.S. National Human Trafficking Resource Center, human trafficking is a $32 billion per year industry and is tied with drugs for the most profitable criminal endeavor, having surpassed the illegal weapons trade.

"Pimps, traffickers and johns use online technologies to buy and sell women and children for sex at alarming rates. The national human trafficking hotline has received hundreds of tips about victims of sex trafficking being sold online all over the country."

For years, Microsoft has been dedicated to helping create a safe computing environment for children and ensuring that Microsoft technologies are not used to conduct crime digitally.

Microsoft would like to make a difference in this area by developing technologies to help thwart the activities of child traffickers and those who do business with them.

"We've greater access to information, can get more done and stay better connected to family and friends. These new ways of communicating and exchanging information also have benefitted criminals of all stripes -- including commercial child sex traffickers and their customers," Microsoft stated.

Unfortunately, the data needed to develop such disruptive technologies is elusive.

That's why Microsoft Research and the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit issued a request for proposals (RFPs) to the academic community last December -- aimed to create a community of academic researchers who might begin to gather the data needed to shed light on how technology facilitates child sex trafficking, with the ultimate goal of developing technology to help address the issue.

"We thought the best way we could help is to first define the problem," Johnson-Stempson said. "Then it's much easier to build a technology solution that may disrupt it."