Microsoft Numbers Showcases Momentum in Devices and Services; Pledges $250M in Funding to Partners in Learning

Microsoft seems to be on revelation -- since yesterday, the "devices and services" company has been continously annoucing the nunmber of its products -- first, Microsoft announced of 40 million Windows 8 licenses sold, then Outlook.com now has over 25 million active users."Now, the Redmond company continuing to talk numbers revealed that it now has […]

Microsoft seems to be on revelation -- since yesterday, the "devices and services" company has been continously annoucing the nunmber of its products -- first, Microsoft announced of 40 million Windows 8 licenses sold, then Outlook.com now has over 25 million active users."

Now, the Redmond company continuing to talk numbers revealed that it now has "11 Million educators and counting.

The announcement was made at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Prague, "in front of over 500 of the world's most innovative educators, Laura Ipsen, cvp, Worldwide Public Sector, announced an additional US$250 million in funding to extend Partners in Learning (PiL) over the next five years said that "the first year of PiL, we reached a modest 12,000 teachers. Those first teachers formed the core of what has become a global community of over 11 million members!"

"Partners in Learning is a key program within Microsoft YouthSpark, a companywide initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth around the world by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. Through the Partners in Learning program, Microsoft has trained more than 11 million teachers and reached more than 200 million students since 2003."

Ipsen said, that Microsoft plans to expand Partners in Learning beyond the 119 countries that currently participate with a continued emphasis on driving community, developing networks, and allowing educators to share innovations and learn from each other.

And, at the annual shareholders meeting, CEO Steve Ballmer said that over the past several months, the company has shipped an unprecedented wave of new products, including Windows 8, Microsoft Surface, Windows Phone 8, Xbox Music, "Halo 4" and Windows Server 2012, in addition to a host of other products, services and applications.

It's been one full month since Windows 8 became generally available, and to date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses.

In addition, "the Windows Phone Store now has over 120,000 apps, which include 46 of the top 50, and is rising daily," Ballmer noted.

Ballmer also pointed that during the week of Black Friday, "Xbox sales totaled over 750,000 Xbox consoles in the U.S. alone."

Here is a quick list of Microsoft numbers revaled during past two days include:

  • 40 million Windows 8 licenses in first month
  • Outlook.com now has over 25 million active users
  • 11 Million Partners in Learning Educators and Counting
  • Windows Phone 8 has been on sale for a few weeks; we're already selling 4 times more phones than at this time last year120,000+ Windows Phone Store apps
  • Black Friday week 750,000 Xbox consoles sold in the US
  • Xbox Live sales increased more than 50% over same time last year
  • 14 million people were on Xbox Live on that Sunday alone
  • They racked up 72 million hours of use in one day
  • Entertainment use of Xbox is up 43% over the same week last year
  • Windows Azure processed 200 billion authentications for 50 million active user accounts. In an average week we receive 4.7 billion authentication requests from users in over 420,000 different domains.
  • Server & Tools division now includes six $1 billion businesses.

Here're facts from Ballmer's speech:

  • "Last fiscal year (which ended on June 30) cash flow from operations increased 17 percent to US$31.6 billion;
  • Several Windows 8 apps have reached more than 1 million downloads from the Windows Store
  • Office 365 is on track to be one of our fastest-growing businesses ever
  • The number of certified Windows 8 PCs has grown to 1,500. These new devices will start to hit shelves worldwide in the coming weeks
  • It's not just consumers who're adopting Windows 8, but business are as well
  • Windows Phone Store has more than 120,000 apps, and we'll soon have 46 of the top 50 apps that people use
  • Halo 4 adds millions to the record setting $220 million opening
  • Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 upgrades
  • We returned more than $10 billion to shareholders through stock buybacks and dividends."

Microsoft has aired a new Internet Explorer 10 televison commercial to deal with the avalanche of criticism -- aim to explain that even those who loved to hate the built-in Windows browser finally start using it.

Update: If you haven't had a chance to check out the latest entertainment experiences on Xbox, this weekend is a great chance to give it a try for free--"From Thursday, November. 29 through Sunday, December. 2, Microsoft is "unlocking Xbox LIVE Gold" in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States."

All Xbox owners in these regions, "regardless of their current subscription, will have access to online multiplayer gaming, (like Halo 4 Spartan Op) Internet Explorer, Video Kinect and our entire catalog of entertainment apps, during that time period," Microsoft stated.