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Like Rodney Dangerfield, Microsoft is successful but ‘can’t get no respect’

'Microsoft by the numbers' reveals some interesting factoids

‘Microsoft by the numbers’ reveals some interesting factoids

Sometimes it feels as if Microsoft is the Rodney Dangerfield of technology companies. “It can’t get no respect.” But — like late comedian, it has had plenty of  successes, including some that may surprise you.

(Disclosure: Microsoft provides financial support for the U.S. Safer Internet Day project, which is coordinated by, where I serve as co-director)

For example, its Windows Phone operating system — which has won praise from numerous reviewers — is way behind both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android and some people say you should shy away from it because there aren’t enough apps.

But, according to CNET News,  the Windows phone store now has more than 300,000 apps including most of the leading ones. It’s a small percentage of Apple’s 1.2 million apps but as long as you can get the apps you need, it shouldn’t really matter.

CNET took me to a page I hadn’t seen called Microsoft by the numbers that lists some pretty interesting statistics about the company, including: