The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft.


I’m a words guy. My business revolves around words, how they’re written and how they’re interpreted.

But sometimes numbers are more effective at telling a story than words.

That’s why today we’re introducing a new site at microsoft.com/bythenumbers that uses a familiar interface to highlight some of the important (and not-so-important) facts about our business and our company.

In the spirit of live tiles, we’ll update this site frequently, so you can keep apprised of the progress we’re making in our transition to a devices and services company, and of how many cans of Coke Zero we’re consuming each year (hint: it’s the most popular soda on our campus).

Here in the U.S., there’s a popular saying that “talk is cheap.” This is especially true in the case of Skype, where users spend up to 2 billion minutes per day.

So I’ll let the numbers speak for themselves.