Microsoft reveals some interesting stats about apps, Office, and french fries

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Microsoft has released some interesting stats on its "Microsoft by the Numbers" website, which showcases the growth of the Windows platform as well as other products and services offered by the company.

The website has also highlighted several milestones and achievements accomplished by the company which include:

  • Office has been downloaded more than 100 million times on iPhones, iPads and Android devices.
  • 80% of the Fortune 500 is on the Microsoft cloud.
  • More than 75 million devices are running Windows 10.
  • Skype Translator can translate voice calls in 6 different languages.
  • Microsoft Surface Hub collaboration devices are integrated with optically bonded displays capable of detecting 100 points of multi-touch and up to three simultaneous pen inputs.
  • Microsoft employees in Redmond, Washington eat about 984,000 orders of French fries each year in campus cafeterias.

Many more intriguing facts have been listed as well which includes that there are now 669,000 apps in the Windows Store. The company also states that there are now 48 million Xbox Live users in 42 countries and that Outlook.com has more than 400 million active users. More than 1.2 billion people use Microsoft Office which equates to one in every seven people on the Earth.

The Redmond giant has also highlighted prominent individuals linked to the company such as Stephen Alvarez, who has endeavored to snap photos of all the Seven Natural Wonders of the World using only Microsoft-made smartphones. Rudy Huyn has been mentioned as one of the "platform's most prolific developers" as his apps have been downloaded over 16 million times. There are several more interesting facts listed on the company's website which you can view by visiting the source link.

Office apps for Android phones are now available

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There is no denying that Android is the world's most popular mobile phone operating system with Google saying last year that on any given thirty-day rolling period there are more than a billion users of the OS. So when you are working to get your productivity software into the hands of a billion users, you can't ignore the OS.

Microsoft has already released and today they are taking it one step further with Office apps for the phone as well. If you want to try these apps out, you will need to join the Microsoft Office for Android preview program which you can do here.

After you join the program, hit the download links below, but be aware that it may take up to four hours for the permissions to be applied to your account to enable the apps.

The new apps will replace the current Office Mobile app for Android and offer the same touch-optimized Office experience currently available for Android tablets but for a smaller screen.

Bringing Microsoft's latest iteration of Office to the Android platform is a strategic move for the company. While they would love if every user bought a phone running Windows, as the market has shown, that is not happening at a fast enough rate for the Redmond-based company.

So, the next best thing is to make sure Office, one of the company's largest revenue drivers, is available wherever the consumer is, which means Office on Android devices is a must.

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