As recorded and stated by the Google Play Store (via Android Police), the Android edition of Microsoft Word has passed the 1 billion mark for installs which adds yet another medallion in the already shining display of Microsoft Corporation.
The other apps of the company aimed mainly at the office sector, namely spreadsheets application Excel, presentation designing application PowerPoint, free form information gathering application OneNote, and online cloud storage application One Drive each have more than 500 million installs, while Microsoft’s email client Outlook for Android has more than 100 million installs. Although, it may be worth pointing out and bringing to the front that many of these installs are not necessarily installs from the Google Play Store as Microsoft has agreements with many Android mobile manufacturing flagships which offer Microsoft Office apps as preinstalled applications.
This achievement is also a bit fancy and ironic. The world’s second-richest man and founder of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates, previously commented in an interview that his “greatest mistake ever” was failing to take a bite of the mobile OS world, while acknowledging that there’s only space for one competitor for iOS and that it should have been “a natural thing for Microsoft to win” and take over the mobile world by storm. But, while Microsoft’s efforts in the mobile market have never been able to topple the top seats occupied by its competitors, its mobile versions of Microsoft Office still enjoy a significant amount of market penetration, much like their desktop versions because of their high diversity and reliability.