Does Microsoft quietly dominate the online social universe?


(Blue is Microsoft influence, green is Google)

Techcrunch has an interesting article on the implication of the Skype deal on the balance of power in the social network universe and it turns out it certainly tips the game into Microsoft’s favour.

Skype with 663 million registered users outnumber Facebook, and of course Microsoft does have it fingers in the 629 million user Facebook pie.  Ad to this the 364 million active Hotmail users and the 330 million Windows Live users (not shown in the graphic above) is is clear Microsoft has a massive presence, and much more significant than Google’s 193 million Gmail users and 10 million Google Latitude users.  Does anyone even still use Buzz?

With the expiration of the DOJ supervision Microsoft can finally bring all these internet communities home to thick clients on Windows (Live Messenger is already the most use Facebook chat client for example) and weave them all together into a self-reinforcing network that should ensure Microsoft’s relevance for years to come.

  • 123

    I suspect a very large number of those skype users are inactive i.e. people who registered a long time ago to try it out and haven’t used skype in years. The only statistic that matters for any of these networks is no. of users actually logging in each month. 

    • Pradyuman Vig

      Well, the same can be said about any of the other networks. Obviously, every network has a section of “dead” users.

    • Paul

       It’s about 200M active.

  • Anonymous

    Yes but google is the media darling right now, so everybody thinks everybody else uses all of its services. 

  • MrAdelphi02

    What about Xbox live, I’m sure that can counted as a ‘social network’..

    • David V. Kimball

      True that. 

    • Anonymous

       40 mill on xbox live

  • Robert

    what is qzone?

    • Anonymous

      It’s a Chinese only social networking/blogging type site. 

  • Robert

    I believe Xbox Live would be part of Hotmail/Live

    • Anonymous


      • Anonymous

        Well, it does count as a Live account, which automatically has a Hotmail account and a MSN account … included.

        • WixosTrix

           You actually don’t need a hotmail account, you just need the live ID, which can be any email address, and you still get access to the address book and calendar without it.

  • Pradyuman Vig

     People still use crappy Gmail?

    • David V. Kimball

      Yes, Gmail is great.. 

      • Yasir Alam

         Yes, it really is. But hotmail’s really managed to close the gap too. The beauty of competition. I love it. In fact, IMO MS excels when they’ve got someone breathing down their neck. :)

        • David V. Kimball

          Really? Last time I checked, its UI was so-so, and it allowed the spam to keep arriving. 😛  I guess I’ll have to give it another try.

  • Jessie Anderson

    From a relevance perspective Microsoft is a lot more “relevant” than people give them credit for.   Services are the new Software and obviously Microsoft is not lagging behind.   

  • Skillit

    The vast majority of Skype users a inactive, plus there are to ways the social networks makes money, charging users (which is Skype business model, and has not been working very well) or with information for target ads; That means that not only the number of user are important but how engaged on the network they are, and although MS has more subscribers, There is no comparing with facebook or even linked. And let’s faced although more people signup for hotmail, Gmail is far more used.  

    • Alex F.

      “The vast majority of Skype users a inactive”

      Same can be said about every service included here.

    • Anonymous

       Skype has 170 million active users, Hotmail 370 million active users and Gmail is a distant 3rd for webmail with less than 200 million active users.  In fact no-one knows how many active users Google has, but no-one thinks they are even second, not to mention 1st. Gmail is behind even yahoo mail.

  • Abhimanyu Jamwal chk out the blog post about the same thing and how microsoft can use skype to gain the online and mobile domination

  • Alex F.

    Isn’t Orkut owned by Google?

    • Anonymous

      So they are.  Further proof, if Google Buzz is not enough, that everything Google touch does not turn into gold.

  • Bill

    There are millions of SharePoint users as well.