Microsoft supplied a number of cloud statistics on Tuesday, following Apple’s iCloud announcements.
The software giant revealed some key SkyDrive, Hotmail and Xbox statistics following Apple’s recent iCloud announcement. “We know the focus of the industry’s attention is currently on the cloud,” admitted a Microsoft spokesperson, who shared the statistics with WinRumors. “It’s come to define the idea of accessing your stuff from anywhere.” Microsoft says this is an area that Windows Live has been investing in for “over a decade”, serving over 500 million customers with Xbox LIVE, SkyDrive, Hotmail and Messenger.
Microsoft’s statistics follow the introduction of Apple’s iCloud service on Monday. Apple claims its new iCloud service is “the cloud the way it should be: automatic and effortless.” Apple has integrated iCloud into several iOS applications and will ship the enhancements as part of its new iOS 5 operating system. iCloud will store content and make it accessible to iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac or PC devices. Apple is providing 5GB of free storage, purchased music, apps, photos and books don’t count against the free storage.
SkyDrive – Since 2007, has been the one place to access your docs, photos and more from anywhere – for free.
- SkyDrive has over 100M users around the world
- With over 2.2 Petabytes of data stored across all file types, including 250M documents
- Synced across over 5M connected devices using Windows Live Mesh
Hotmail – Since 1996, Hotmail remains the most efficient inbox for busy people.
- Available across devices syncing mail, calendar and contacts
- 6.5 M cloud-based slideshows stored on SkyDrive
- Hotmail served over 200M Active Views in April 2011
Xbox – All of the entertainment you want. With people you care about. Made easy
- Launched in 2002 with over 30M Subscribers across 35 countries
- 40% of Xbox activity is non-game (movies, etc.)
- 30 hours of video consumption per month per Xbox