Companies don’t like to give you their numbers. They just don’t. We still don’t know how much money Microsoft makes from its infrastructure service – Azure – or how much money its cloud services make every quarter. Google still refuses to divulge YouTube’s revenue figures, and it has been more than a decade since they bought it. But Microsoft recently revealed the number of Office 365 active users it has: 85 million monthly active users.
My colleague, Shudeep Chandrasekhar, argued that it was an accident when that news broke. But I argue that it was too much a of a coincidence to let a number of that magnitude slip through the nets just a few hours before Google was scheduled to make some big announcements for its office collaboration product G-suite. We covered the reveal in detail in our earlier article, titled Did Microsoft Just Accidentally Reveal Office 365 Active User Base Numbers?
But either way, one thing was clear, Microsoft had enough confidence to let the world know how big Office 365 has become. And now, there is even more data showing that Microsoft applications are winning the office productivity application game on the mobile front, too.
Market research firm 7Park Data has now revealed how Excel came from behind and beat Google Sheets.
“Looking at 7Park Data’s multi-million user panel, we found that out of all Microsoft Office apps, Excel was the most frequently installed and used app.
By the end of 2016, Excel had a higher number of monthly active users (MAUs) than Google Sheets, even though the latter had a higher number of installs.
Based on our user engagement research, Excel is the only Microsoft app that is outperforming its Google counterpart (Google Sheets, in this case) on Android devices.”
To say that this nugget of data is interesting would be a gross understatement. It is a monumental fact that Excel would excel on Google’s own turf – Android. And if you think about it, it is poetic justice for Microsoft, because that is exactly how Google Chrome overtook Internet Explorer all those years ago on desktop devices, which were, even then, dominated by Microsoft’s Windows.
Excel is arguably more robust and far superior to Google Sheets, and any accountant will tell you that. It’s a great spreadsheet tool, no doubt, but it is definitely no match for Excel. And this new data from 7Park Data is validation of that.
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