The 2012 version of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is wrapping-up in Toronto today. Below are some numbers collected during the sessions that speak not only to the sheer size of the Microsoft user base, but to the momentum of emerging technologies and a new emphasis on design.
497: Security vulnerabilities that Secunia discovered from Oracle in this report. Apple had 360, Google had 324. Microsoft was best in class with just 231.
82: Inches across of Perceptive Pixels large-scale, unlimited multi-touch device (right). Microsoft announced that they would be acquiring Perceptive Pixel. The move is consistent with their recent move into hardware manufacturing.
80: Percent of small and medium-sized businesses buying cloud services that are new to Microsoft. “It’s a massive opportunity for us to engage and reach out to new customers,” said Vahe Torossian, Microsoft’s corporate VP of SMS
30-40: Percent growth of Microsoft Dynamics CRM on a per annum basis.
15: Years. As in the anniversary of Windows XP on April 8, 2014. “And then we are going to put it to sleep. May it rest in peace,” Kevin Turner.
12: Number of times Yammer was mentioned in the opening keynote.
12: Months. As in “Every product in our portfolio is being refreshed in a 12 month period.” Kevin Turner.
3.04: Multiple that Steve Ballmer has increased annual revenue since taking over 12 years ago. Revenue in 2000 was $23 billion; $70 billion in 2011. Not bad for a ‘lost decade’.
4: Recent Microsoft “successes'” as recounted by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. They were Xbox, Surface, Kinect and Windows Phone. While the Microsoft world was focused on the WPC in Toronto this week, the Woz took some time this week at a technology conference in Chile to praise Microsoft for their recent innovations (right). “They have such a strikingly good visual appearance, which is a lot of what Steve Jobs always looked for; the art in technology, the convergence of art and technology. And usually it was visual appearance of things. So I made a joke that Steve Jobs came back reincarnated at Microsoft.”
1: US-based Microsoft CRM Partners that were named finalist for Microsoft Dynamics Financial Services Industry Partnerof the Year. (It was Customer Effective, FYI).
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