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  • Paul Thurrott nails the Office 365 subscription numbers

    Posted on January 30th, 2017 at 12:57 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    His article on is behind a paywall, but as I’ve said several times before, the $64/year is well worth it.

    Bottom line: The Office 365 situation isn’t as rosy as you probably think. Paul reported in October that Office 365 had 85 million active users at commercial sites and 25 million active users among consumers. In its most recent financial report, Microsoft said it had 25 million consumer active users – and they didn’t report commercial active users.

    That’s distressing in no small part because Office is widely considered to be the “best” office app for Android and iOS. For example, JRRaphael has a detailed look at the Android story in InfoWorld.

    Office 365 has 100 to 120 million monthly active users. Microsoft has said for years that Office itself has 1.2 billion users.

    You can do the math.

    UPDATE: Better yet, look at Gregg Keizer’s numbers on ComputerWorld. He only has consumer numbers – the only ones Microsoft has released – but the tale is not good.