Hotmail users share over 350 million Office documents per month

A Microsoft employee has posted on his MSDN blog some interesting statistics about Office online usage and general online activities.  The results show that there is a growing base of online users who are willing to collaborate through open email portals such as Hotmail. 

BrunoTerkaly states that “people share over 350 million Office documents per month in Hotmail alone,” and that “billions of office documents are stored on Hotmail. Hotmail currently stores over 15 billion Microsoft Office documents that have been sent over e-mail” 

The numbers show that users are increasingly sharing documents over Microsoft’s suite of products, but also somewhat alarming is that Microsoft stores 15 billion Microsoft Office documents.  While it’s probably safe to assume that they are well encrypted and inaccessible to the masses, it goes to show that Google is not the only one storing information. 

The vast amount of information shows why Microsoft is continually moving its Office products closer to the cloud.  These type of statistics show that collaboration is key and that the sharing of documents is essential to the workplace.  

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350 Hotmail million users, 350 million office documents...coincidence, or everybody tried it exactly once and never went back to it? (Which is pretty much what I did)... :-)

I wonder if these users KNOW if they are or are not in compliance with their company policies(legal, hr) or federal law(ex. HIPAA) by allowing an outside entity to store these documents.

how long until you can login to Bing and have the option to get your own "stuff" alongside public websites in your search results? 350million hotmail users are Microsoft's secret weapon in the search wars.

jamiet said,
how long until you can login to Bing and have the option to get your own "stuff" alongside public websites in your search results? 350million hotmail users are Microsoft's secret weapon in the search wars.

That is absurd. Your private data is private, and your public data is public.

It's stupid for you to think that your private email messages can be browsed and indexed by everyone.

thenonhacker said,

It's stupid for you to think that your private email messages can be browsed and indexed by everyone.
Err..he meant showing your own e-mail messages or documents in the Bing search results, *iff* you are signed-in to a Windows Live Account, is MS's secret weapon.

"Safe to assume"? Hm, don't MS publicize info on if they're stored encrypted or not? That's the first thing I'd want to know if I were to use the service in my work.

Northgrove said,
"Safe to assume"? Hm, don't MS publicize info on if they're stored encrypted or not? That's the first thing I'd want to know if I were to use the service in my work.

You mean like how Google Buzz instantly exposed my Address Book contacts to the public as my friends? OMG, I should fear Microsoft!!! /sarcasm

"but also somewhat alarming is that Microsoft stores 15 billion Microsoft Office "

Why is that alarming, its peoples e-mails, they cant just delete them.

reidtheweed01 said,
"but also somewhat alarming is that Microsoft stores 15 billion Microsoft Office "

Why is that alarming, its peoples e-mails, they cant just delete them.

Let me just find the DELETE button...

reidtheweed01 said,
"but also somewhat alarming is that Microsoft stores 15 billion Microsoft Office "

Why is that alarming, its peoples e-mails, they cant just delete them.

You mean Microsoft is storing data I asked them to store? How dare they? This just proves how evil Microsoft is. Google to driving past my house, capturing my MAC address, and storing it with my physical address, that is OK. But MS taking data ***I*** gave to them to store, and storing it, this is just uncalled for and I demand immediate action. I want my data deleted now!

Two days later:
WHAT!!! MS deleted my data? Just proves how unreliable they are, Google can store my MAC address safely and securely, but my personal data that I asked MS to store before I asked them to delete it has been deleted? I will never use MS products again.

reidtheweed01 said,
"but also somewhat alarming is that Microsoft stores 15 billion Microsoft Office "

Why is that alarming, its peoples e-mails, they cant just delete them.

Let me introduce you to Windows Live SkyDrive.....

nohone said,

You mean Microsoft is storing data I asked them to store? How dare they? This just proves how evil Microsoft is. Google to driving past my house, capturing my MAC address, and storing it with my physical address, that is OK. But MS taking data ***I*** gave to them to store, and storing it, this is just uncalled for and I demand immediate action. I want my data deleted now!

Two days later:
WHAT!!! MS deleted my data? Just proves how unreliable they are, Google can store my MAC address safely and securely, but my personal data that I asked MS to store before I asked them to delete it has been deleted? I will never use MS products again.


WTH? Do you think Google doesn't store your *data* in Gmail/ Google Docs? If you don't expect e-mail provider to store the attachments for you, how do you expect them to let you download the attachments if you want them?

GraphiteCube said,

WTH? Do you think Google doesn't store your *data* in Gmail/ Google Docs? If you don't expect e-mail provider to store the attachments for you, how do you expect them to let you download the attachments if you want them?

Somebody needs to buy a sarcasm detector. They sell them at the store down the street from me, they are quite cheap.

nohone said,

You mean Microsoft is storing data I asked them to store? How dare they? This just proves how evil Microsoft is. Google to driving past my house, capturing my MAC address, and storing it with my physical address, that is OK. But MS taking data ***I*** gave to them to store, and storing it, this is just uncalled for and I demand immediate action. I want my data deleted now!

Two days later:
WHAT!!! MS deleted my data? Just proves how unreliable they are, Google can store my MAC address safely and securely, but my personal data that I asked MS to store before I asked them to delete it has been deleted? I will never use MS products again.

+100 for the the sarcasm. I laughed inside.

reidtheweed01 said,
"but also somewhat alarming is that Microsoft stores 15 billion Microsoft Office "

Why is that alarming, its peoples e-mails, they cant just delete them.

Let me introduce you to "Neowin.net - Where unprofessional journalism looks better".

svnO.o said,
Haven't we all? This used to be my primary method for sending unfinished projects to myself from school. xD

+1