Microsoft has four of top 10 most visited web sites in 2011

Microsoft owns and operates four of the top 10 most visited web sites in the world this year, at least according to the rankings of one of the company's rivals Google. According to Google's own list of the top 1000 web sites  on the planet in 2011 so far (the list from Google's DoubleClick ad division, was last updated in April), Microsoft.com, Bing.com, Live.com and msn.com are in the top 10 meaning that the company owns more of the top web sites in that category than any other organization. The highest is Live.com in the number four position with msn.com coming in at number six. The search web site Bing.com is at number nine while Microsoft.com itself is at number 10.

Apparently Google.com doesn't list itself in its own web site traffic list but two sites that the company owns did make the top 10 with its video site YouTube.com at number 2 and its Blogspot.com site coming in at number seven. Even if Google.com listed itself on the traffic list and made the top 10 that would make the company own three of the top 10 web sites compared to Microsoft's four. Earlier this week it was reported that Google.com achieved a whopping 1 billion hits in May.

According to Google, the number one web site in the world with the most traffic is, not surprisingly, the social networking site Facebook which Google says has 880 million unique visitors. Earlier this week it was reported via third party sources that Facebook now has 750 million users. Other web sites on Google's top traffic list include Yahoo.com at number three, Wikipedia.com at number five and the Chinese search web site Baidu.com at number eight.

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FMH said,
Microsoft is an under-rated internet giant.

I think that has something to do with the amount of money they tend to loose on their internet ventures.

smithy_dll said,

I think that has something to do with the amount of money they tend to loose on their internet ventures.
But still, they are giants, and growing rapidly on Bing and Live. Money is not a problem for them.
You can call Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter tech giants when they have been losing money for years, and won't make profits for some year.
And isn't 'Google, the giant', losing so much money on Youtube for years. And 'may' make profits this year. Some things are kept running for strategic purposes.

who goes to microsoft.com?
As for msn...when i reinstall windows, and set up my internet msn.ca is the default website.

qdave said,
who goes to microsoft.com?

Anyone who uses MSDN, TechNet, XP users for updates, Visual Studio Gallery, the open source project directory, etc etc, all off of *.microsoft.com. Plenty on there besides product catalogs.

qdave said,
who goes to microsoft.com?
As for msn...when i reinstall windows, and set up my internet msn.ca is the default website.

+1

qdave said,
who goes to microsoft.com?
As for msn...when i reinstall windows, and set up my internet msn.ca is the default website.

msn is also tied to msnbc .. i like microsoft.com, it has announcements from wp7, bing and windows..

There are quite a lot of websites missing there.
For example dont tell me that mediafire draws more pageviews than the other filesharing websites.

AKLP said,
There are quite a lot of websites missing there.
For example dont tell me that mediafire draws more pageviews than the other filesharing websites.

It does I think, it's one of the only large ones that don't have stupid restrictions. Not to say that they don't have any, but you don't have to wait a minute or whatever to start the download.

Microsoft forces users onto the MSN.COM page when logging out of hotmail.com. Is also the default in the browser. That probably explains the higher than expected position.

m4rco 7070 said,
Microsoft forces users onto the MSN.COM page when logging out of hotmail.com. Is also the default in the browser. That probably explains the higher than expected position.

Where should they send people to when logging out? A blank web page? Google?

De.Bug said,

Where should they send people to when logging out? A blank web page? Google?

The login page? Like how Gmail, Facebook etc does it?

I actually don't mind they do it when I used Hotmail, gives me a fleeting glance at the news but to count redirect traffic to MSN is a bit meh, but not that this means anything in reality.

winaxter said,
Google.com would become number 1 knocking microsoft.com out of top 10. so it'd be 3 all (1,3,8 vs 5,7,10)

lol I was thinking of this when I read the article too.

winaxter said,
Google.com would become number 1 knocking microsoft.com out of top 10. so it'd be 3 all (1,3,8 vs 5,7,10)

I was going to post a similar comment if nobody had, but sure enough someone did.
I'll add to this that not only is focusing on the top 10 completely arbitrary (why not top 5 or top 15?), but what really counts is the cumulative number of visits, and I'm betting Google is way, way, waaaaay ahead of Microsoft there.

Julius Caro said,
the rest I can understand, but msn.com? probably because it's the start page by default for a lot of people

MSN is very popular outside US, like Yahoo.

Julius Caro said,
the rest I can understand, but msn.com? probably because it's the start page by default for a lot of people

I actually like the news on msn, it's more reliable than Fox News at least.

Julius Caro said,
the rest I can understand, but msn.com? probably because it's the start page by default for a lot of people

What's wrong with MSN.com? Unless you aren't a fan of reading diverse topics all in one place.

kabix said,
MSN.COM shouldn't be on the list.

Well it is according to google traffic facts. Your antics against MS doesn't make any different. Hater, stop hating.