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Microsoft: 300 Million people now use Windows Live Messenger

Microsoft has shared some new Windows Live Messenger stats, confirming that more than 300 million people in 76 countries and 48 languages use Messenger every month.

The Windows Live Social Networking team also shared individual statistics for country specific Messenger users but did not include the United States. Microsoft's Jeff Kunins, Group Program Manager, Windows Live social networking admitted that the company's Instant Messenger had been "somewhat less positive" in popularity within the U.S. AOL's AIM software still dominates the U.S. market with approximately 50% market share.

Microsoft is nearing a beta release of their Wave 4 set of products that includes an updated Windows Live Messenger application. Neowin exclusively revealed screenshots of Windows Live Messenger 2010 in December 2009. According to our sources a beta build of Wave 4 is due end of March/early April.

The full Windows Live Messenger stats:

  • 65% of all Internet users in Brazil
  • 48% of all Internet users in Canada
  • 48% of all Internet users in Spain
  • 47% of all Internet users in France
  • 40% of all Internet users in Italy
  • 39% of all Internet users in UK
  • People use Messenger for 163 billion minutes every month, which is about 9.4% of all time consumers spend on the Internet worldwide.
  • More than 40% of our users sign in each day (more than 130 million daily users)
  • Every day, those users share over 1.5 billion conversations and send more than 9 billion messages.
  • And at peak times, that drives more than 40 million “simultaneous online connections,” (the number of people signed in at the same time).
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