Colorful Microsoft infographic shows company's divisions

Microsoft is a huge company but that's not exactly news; the company has over 94,000 employees worldwide. It's also not news that Microsoft has a number of divisions that make a ton of products: Windows, Office, Xbox Surface, Windows Phone and so on.

Microsoft has been been making more of an effort to link many of its product lines and have them work with each other. That means the company's workforce also has to work well with people in other divisions. This week, the Next at Microsoft blog posted up a new, and highly colorful, infographic that was made by the company's recruitment department; it gives a visual rundown of Microsoft's divisions.

If you turn the infographic on its side, you can see that it looks something like a bush, with the main vines branching out into all of the products Microsoft makes. We are not sure why the Xbox division is purple (shouldn't it be green, like the Xbox logo?) but it's a fun way to see how Microsoft's division link in a colorful image.

Since this is a recruitment tool, there's a lot of bragging about how successful Microsoft products are; for example it states proudly that over one billion people use Microsoft Office. But if you are ever confused by exactly what Microsoft produces, you now had a one stop shop to see all the things it makes.

Source: Next at Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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I'm surprised nobody commented on how repetitious (read: redundant) several of those entries are. The entire infographic could have been half its size without skipping a beat.

And as neonspark stated, this is merely some consumer-facing technologies. The enterprise technologies are not highlighted except for Office 365 on 2 instances (applications, cloud).

It's not really consumer-facing only (e.g. Windows Azure / Visual Studio / etc.)... these are meant for developers seeking Microsoft careers with using their technologies. I'm guessing the Server products are missing because they are trying to push for the cloud, but based on the source link, the author just missed those product (see the Comments in the source link), or the post is simply for a specific Developer audience.

Hmmm... interesting, I thought MS were about to drop Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype very soon, yet this infographic would seem to indicate otherwise:
"Windows Live & Windows 8 - Microsoft has reimagined Windows Live enhancing the way you interact with your mail, calendar, people, photos, MESSEGING, and devices"

These are not divisions, the Neowin article title is misleading. It's a infograph of their technologies (see the title of the chart).

Actually, it can be referred to as either. Many carriers and even Steve Ballmer himself once referred to it as a Windows 8 Phone during one of the press events. If you look along the left the brand is still the correct "Windows Phone", but when referring to the Windows 8 release it can go either way.

j2006 said
Actually, it can be referred to as either. Many carriers and even Steve Ballmer himself once referred to it as a Windows 8 Phone during one of the press events. If you look along the left the brand is still the correct "Windows Phone", but when referring to the Windows 8 release it can go either way.
The more you know

Seems like they are just hi-lighting the "fun" stuff. Marketing I suppose, but my interest lies in the platforms I work with; Server, Exchange, SQL, etc.

Yes, but how? Development? Support? Evangelism? Sales? This particular poster is a recruitment tool, not necessarily an exhaustive list of every single possibility at Microsoft. If you're curious as to what options there are in specific spaces, I can provide that to you. Note I'm not a recruiter, just a member who happens to work for MS, but if you're really curious I can give you information from a different perspective than you'd get from marketing or outreach, for example.

cluberti - I totally understand what you are saying. It would be impossible to fit everything into this poster. While I find it interesting I guess what I am saying is that in some regards it misses the mark in terms of relevance.

For example, let's say that being a PFE for one of the technologies I mentioned is my dream job. Whether it's development, sales, support or PFE - that's too granular to include on a poster like this. However without even listing the technology it is hard to generate positive buzz for people interested in pursuing the different avenues within those technologies.

Seeing it before somewhere on Facebook.

Also just noticed one mistake at the circle with all divisions and their products. At mobile you see Smartglass with 3 connections to other division, but the one that goes to Search/Social comes to Windows Phone.