Microsoft SharePoint

SharePoint: 100,000 Million Users (??)

Mary Jo Foley wrote in March that Microsoft says it is adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day:

Microsoft has been adding 20,000 SharePoint users per day, every day for the last five years, according to Jared Spataro, Director of SharePoint product management. That means 7.3 million new SharePoint users every year.

Microsoft hasn’t gotten a lot more granular about SharePoint sales beyond that. We heard in 2009 that SharePoint was a $1.3 billion business for Microsoft and that there were more than 17,000 customers with a total of more than 100,000 million SharePoint users out there. The company isn’t releasing updated user totals or numbers of SharePoint servers sold. (I asked.)

Wow, 100,000 million users (on a Microsoft Office population base of 600 million). Now I’m sure there’s a problem with that number …

2 replies »

  1. 100 thousand million users- that is 100 billion users, for an earth population of 7 billion? Wow… Microsoft sure caters to a lot of aliens. 😀

  2. The actual number cited by Microsoft in 2007 (a story reported on Bloomberg was 85 million, which works out at about 5000 seats per customer for 17000 customers. If you assume a working year of 300 days then adding 20,000 a day for five years is a further 30 million, which is really not much at all in the general scheme of things. The quote was not specific about MOSS07 either, but about ‘SharePoint’, and of course what is meant by a license? If Microsoft are talking seats does a Basic plus Enterprise CALs seat counted as two seat licenses?