The primary source of Information came form the Microsoft Website
(albeit a long search). The section of Microsoft Website that provides
indepth reports about annual reports, earnings releases, Stock Info
info/analysis etc is at http://www.microsoft.com/msft.
The Office package is classified under the Information Worker
According to Microsoft Earnings Release:
***Microsoft Third Quarter FY 2003 Earnings Release
Information Worker includes revenue from Microsoft Office; Microsoft
Project; Visio; other standalone information worker applications; and
Professional Services. Revenue from Information Worker was $2.33
billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2003, increasing 9% from the
prior years third quarter
***Microsoft Second Quarter FY 2003 Earnings Release
Revenue from Information Worker was $2.29 billion in the second
quarter of fiscal 2003, increasing 8% from the prior years second
***Details for previous quarters are available at
This information was primarily collected from assorted News website.
Some URLs are given alongside the extract. This also provides
information about the copies sold:
Microsoft Office is the world standard in productivity soft-ware. It
generates $8 billion in annual sales, about one third of Microsoft's
total annual revenue. Microsoft has sold an estimated that 150 million
of its Office package. Of this 80 Million copies are that of Office
XP. Quarter 1 2003 earnings of US$1.88 billion on revenues of US$2.39
Office has international presence of 35 language specific versions
which are distributed worldwide.
According to http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2003-01-21-simdesk-cover_x.htm
Microsoft's Office is used on 94% of America's office PCs.
Article in CNET dated August 21, 2002, 2:29 PM PT Says:
Retailers have sold 300,000 copies of the academic version of Office
XP since October, taking in about $43 million in revenue, according to
NPDTechworld. By comparison, the full standard version has racked up
121,000 retail sales and the standard upgrade version has sold 100,000
since Office XP's release in May 2001.
Other Versions of Office: Past and Future
The latest version of Office which is yet to be officially released
has been given to a Half-Million Beta 2 Testers.
Some figures about earlier version of Office (Office 97) can be found
Detailed information (priced very high) at IDC which contains :
Hope that helps.
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