There’s no doubt Microsoft Office — and its latest incarnation, Microsoft Office 365 — is a popular suite of software. It’s basically been the king of the hill when it comes to business adoption for around four decades. Lately a number of competitors have been cropping up, with Google Docs leading the charge and, soon, Amazon joining the ranks. And yet, Microsoft Office keeps on growing.
Beta News has some thoughts on why. From the article:
Microsoft’s most recent earnings report from the end of January had revenue in productivity and business processes at $7.4 billion, up 10 percent. A big driver of that revenue was Office 365.
Microsoft tallied 24.9 million total subscribers as of that last report, representing a huge number of people using Office 365 to help manage their businesses. And the commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate — which is calculated by taking revenue in the final month of the quarter and multiplying it by twelve for Office 365 commercial, Azure, Dynamics 365, and other cloud properties — exceeded $14.0 billion.
These are some huge numbers that just go to show that Office 365 has not only thrived, but is looking like it is becoming the cloud-application offer of choice for businesses around the world. And Microsoft is making a pretty penny off of that development.
Not to mention that revenue growth for Office 365 commercial is up 47 percent, and you have what looks like a strong indication that future sales will not disappoint.
There’s even evidence to suggest that larger companies are looking to Office 365 to help out with some of the heavy lifting in the cloud.
Whereas before the apps mainly catered to small- and medium-sized businesses, now that the bigger fish like what they see, they too might be willing to give the programs a shot.