Microsoft Windows Impact

"Microsoft Windows is used by more than 1.4 billion computer users across the world."

Faye Turner

7 min Read Time | July 23rd 2021

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“Microsoft Windows is used by more than 1.4 billion computer users across the world.”

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Written by: Susmita Sen
Company: Microsoft

SDG 8: Decent work and Economic Growth

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Increased productivity leads to higher revenues for companies which in turn increase per capita income and spending capacity, allowing people more leisure time and better social services, such as education and healthcare1. Due to the proliferation of the Personal Computer, today’s workforce interacts with ease from anywhere on the globe, has instant access to massive amounts of data on the cloud and is more productive than at any other time in human history2


Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, and related services3


Microsoft has made the PC a crucial tool for work, school and life4. Microsoft Windows is the preferred OS for 87.56% computer users worldwide5. By comparison, its closest competitor, Apple's macOS accounts for approximately 9.54% of the worldwide market share5. Windows10 runs on 1.3 billion devices at any given point in time6, while Windows7 is still used on more than 100 million PCs7


The company’s Office 365 software applications are used by 1.2 billion people across 140 countries8 for standardized ways of working and learning to reach new levels of flexibility, efficiency and productivity as they adapt to interoperability4. Of the companies using Office 365, 59% are small businesses (<50 employees), 13% are large (>1000 employees) and 27% are medium-sized9. It is also used by a large cross-section of industries ranging from 94,866 construction companies to 33,146 non-profit organizations9. Microsoft products are available at varied price points reaching users in both public and private sectors and all cross-sections of society10


Microsoft has been a force for good that has deeply impacted global communities, other companies, and individuals. The company has transformed the use of PCs from a foreign experience to a personalized one. Microsoft has fundamentally shifted the way people interact with work and learning, making the process more fluid than could even be imagined a few decades ago.

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