Microsoft Azure Revenue and Growth Statistics (2023)

Key Microsoft Azure user stats. Includes data on Microsoft Azure's revenue, number of users, top subscribers, number of employees, and more.
Microsoft Azure Revenue and Growth Statistics (2023)
Last updated on:
November 7, 2022

Microsoft Azure Interesting Facts

  • In a recent report from Microsoft, Azure generated a revenue of about $75.3 billion in 2022.
  • The number of Azure users worldwide is approaching the 1 billion mark.
  • According to the Azure Active Directory, there were 722.22 million Azure users.
  • 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Azure Cloud.
  • Currently, Azure's market share was 21% in the cloud computing industry.
  • 40% of top Microsoft Azure customers are from the United States and 7% are from the United Kingdom.
  • Most access to Microsoft Azure comes from the United States with about 93.53% of the users accessing the platform from a desktop every day.

Source: Statista, Microsoft, Channel Futures, Contino, Statista, CIS, Enlyft

About Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure was founded in 2008, and it is an online cloud for storage. Join us, and let's look at some interesting data about Azure.

Key StatKey Info
Released DateOctober 27, 2008
Office AddressRedmond, Washington, U.S.A
Founder(s):Deepak Patil
Some Key PeopleDave Cutler, Lead Developer, Microsoft Azure.
 Mark Russinovich, CTO, Microsoft Azure.
 Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of the Cloud and AI group at Microsoft.
 Jason Zander, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Azure.
 Julia White, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure.
Industrycloud computing
Business TypeWeb service, cloud computing
Parent Company (Developer)Microsoft
LicenseProprietary for platform, MIT License for client SDKs
Operating system supportedLinux, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Android
Monthly Active Users (MAU)8.1 million users
Daily Active Users (DAU)270,000 users
Software Type(s)Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS)
Official Websitehttp://azure.microsoft.com/

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Microsoft Azure Revenue

In a recent report from Microsoft, Azure generated a revenue of $75.3 billion in 2022.

Graph about Microsoft Azure Revenue
YearRevenue
2022$75.3 billion
2021$60 billion
2020$48.4 billion
2019$39.1 billion
2018$32.2 billion
2017$27.5 billion

Source: Statista, Microsoft

How many users of Azure are there?

  • The number of Azure users worldwide is approaching the 1 billion mark.
  • According to the Azure Active Directory, there were 722.22 million Azure users.
Graph about Microsoft Azures number of users
YearNumber of Users
2022722.22 million users
2021720.76 million users
2020719.32 million users
2019717.88 million users
2018716.44 million users
2017715 million users

Source: Channel Futures

Who are Azure top subscribers? (Companies)

Below are Azure's biggest annual contracts:

  • Verizon: $79.9 million per year
  • MSI Computer: $78 million per year
  • LG Electronics: $76.7 million per year
  • CenturyLink: $61.9 million per year
  • NTT America: $48.7 million per year
  • Wikimedia Foundation: $42.6 million per year
  • LinkedIn Corp: $41.2 million per year
  • News Corp: $40.5 million per year
  • Adobe: $39.9 million per year
  • Intel: $38.5 million per year
Graph about Microsoft Azures top subscribers

Source: Contino

What is Microsoft Azure's market share in the cloud service industry?

Azure’s estimated market share in the cloud services market in 2020 was 31%, up from 26% in 2018.

In 2021, the Azure market share was 20% while in 2022 Azure market share was 21%.

Graph about Microsoft Azures market share in the cloud service industry
YearMarket Share
202221%
202120%
202031%
201926%
201826%

The highest Microsoft Azure's market share has ever been in the cloud service industry was in 2020, at 31% of the total market.

Source: Contino, Statista, CIS

What percentage of companies use Azure?

Almost 70% of organizations worldwide at one time have used Microsoft Azure for their cloud services since 2015. About 486,738 companies use Microsoft Azure for their day-to-day service.

Microsoft Azure's key solutions used by these companies include data management, media services, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), developer tools, and internet of things (IoT) applications.

Source: Statista, Enlyft

What are the top industries using Microsoft Azure?

Retail and Information Technology & Services are the largest users of Azure by industry.

Graph about Top industries using Microsoft Azure
IndustriesNumber of Companies
Retails31,600 companies
Information Technology and Service30,321 companies
Computer Software21,054 companies
Construction15,638 companies
Automotive13,346 companies
Hospitals and Health Care11,351 companies
Financial Services10,547 companies
Real Estates10,544 companies
Hospitality9,107 companies
Education management7,005 companies

After that are the Computer Software and the Construction industries. Look at the table above and see how many companies using Azure.

Source: Enlyft

Top Countries that use Microsoft Azure

40% of Microsoft Azure customers are in the United States(288.9 million customers) and 7% are in the United Kingdom(50.5 million customers).

CountriesNumber of CustomersPercentage
United States288.9 million customers40%
United Kingdom50.5 million customers7%
Canada2 million customers0.04%
Australia209,444 customers0.03%
Netherlands137,222 customers0.02%
Brazil122,777 customers0.02%
France111,222 customers0.02%
India109,055 customers0.02%
Germany101,110 customers0.01%
Spain79,444 customers0.01%

After the two players, there are many countries using Microsoft Azure, though the percentage of customers is way lower than the US and the UK's.

There's also Canada, Australia, India, and lots of European countries that use Azure. Though, all of these have less than 0% of the total Azure consumers.

Source: Enlyft

Where was Microsoft Azure accessed from the most and what devices were used?

Most access to Microsoft Azure comes from the United States with about 93.53% of the users accessing the platform from a desktop.

CountryPercentage of AccessDesktopMobile
United States38.23%94%6.47%
India13.50%86.52%13.48%
United Kingdom7.11%86.54%13.46%
Netherlands4.68%95.45%4.55%
Australia2.31%69.28%30.72%

Over 60% of every country's users on Microsoft Azure prefer their desktop device rather than any mobiles.

Compared to any other country, Australian users prefer using Microsoft Azure on a mobile device at a higher percentage: almost 30%.

Source: Semrush

How much time do users spend on Azure?

Azure users spend at least 25 minutes and 31 seconds per visit.

That's quite a long trip for a website, but though, there is lots of work to do on Azure.

Infographic about Microsoft Azure users average time spending

Source: Semrush

Who are Azure's users? (Demography)

Who are Azure's users by gender?

The gender distribution among Azure users is 65.11% male and 34.89% female.

Graph about Microsoft Azure users gender distribution
GenderPercentage
Female34.89%
Male65.11%

At the moment, there are more male users than female users on Azure.

Source: Similar Web

Who are Azure users by age?

The majority of Azure users are between the ages of 25 and 34.

Graph about Microsoft Azure Age Group
Age GroupPercentage
15 - 2425.49%
25 - 3432.38%
35 - 4419.02%
45 - 5511.58%
55 - 647.00%
65+4.53%

Next up, the second most popular age group is the 15-24 age group, with almost 26% of the total Microsoft Azure users.

Source: Similar Web

Is Azure available globally?

With more global regions than any other cloud provider, Azure gives customers the flexibility to deploy applications where they need them.

Source: Microsoft

Where are Azure servers located?

Microsoft Azure's servers are all over the world, with servces in North & South Ameirca, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

AmericasEuropeAfricaAsia-Pacific
Brazil SouthFrance CentralSouth Africa NorthAustralia East
Canada CentralGermany West Central Central India
Central USNorth Europe Japan East
East USNorway East Korea Central
East US 2West Europe Southeast Asia
South Central USSweden Central East Asia
US Gov Virginia  China North 2
West US 2   
West US 3  

Most of Microsoft Azure's serves are located in the Americas: North & South. After that, Azure's most servers are in Asia, followed by Europe and Africa.

Source: Console Connect

Who founded Microsoft Azure?

Deepak Patil is the SVP, of APEX Engineering at Dell Technologies and he was the Founder of Microsoft Azure. He attended the College of Engineering Pune.

Source: Crunchbase

How many people (employees) work on Azure?

About 1,500 personnel from Microsoft, the parent company of Microsoft Azure, are currently assigned to support and manage the Azure Cloud infrastructure.

Infographic about Microsoft Azure number of people

Source: Owler

How does Microsoft Azure make money?

Azure primarily makes its money by allowing customers to pay based on consumed services, products, and resources on the cloud.

How much do Azure services cost?

Due to the number of services available, the cost of Azure varies enormously depending on which parts of it a business decides to use, and how much they actually use it.

There are no upfront costs involved with Azure, and customers only pay for what they use, with many services charged by the hour.

For example, Azure App Service, which allows users to create powerful cloud-based apps for web and mobile, starts from $0.013 per hour. Using Azure’s managed relational SQL database as a service costs $0.021 per hour. Both of these, like many of Azure’s services, are free for the first 12 months.

Some services, such as REST-based “blob” storage for unstructured data, are charged according to data usage, rather than time; blob storage costs $0.002 per gigabyte, with 5GB free for the first 12 months.

Other services are charged by the number of executions a user performs through Azure; the Functions service costs $0.20 per million executions, with the first million free every month.

Source: Nigel Frank

How many Azure products and services are there?

Ther eare 10 products/services at Microsoft Azure. See all of them and their descriptions below.

Products/ServiceDescription
Azure DevOpsIt is one of the first Azure cloud services launched into the market. The Azure DevOps services are ideal for smarter planning and better collaboration to ensure faster delivery. Users could find Azure DevOps services as ideal choices for building, testing, and deploying with CI/CD. Based on your business needs, one can choose any DevOps service. The services are:
 • Azure Repos - This provides Git repositories or Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC).
 • Azure Pipelines - This provides build and release services to support continuous integration and delivery of the application.
 • Azure Boards - Azure Boards delivers a set of tools to support planning and tracking work, code defects, and issues using Kanban and Scrum methods.
 • Azure Test Plans - This provides tools to test the applications, including both manual testing and continuous testing.
 • Azure Artifacts - This allows sharing packages from public sources, and private sources and integrating package sharing into the pipelines.
Azure Blob StorageAzure Blob Storage is Microsoft's object storage cloud solution. It is optimized for storing huge amounts of unstructured data, the data that doesn't belong to a particular data model or definition.
 Azure Blob Storage is designed for:
 • Adding images or documents to the browser directly
 • Writing log files
 • Streaming media such as audio or video files
 • Storing data for backup and restore disaster recovery, and archiving
Azure Virtual MachinesYou can get Burstable VMs, Compute-optimized VMs, Memory-optimized VMs, and general-purpose VMs with Microsoft Azure. The per-second billing makes this service even more desirable for businesses. Azure Virtual Machines can be used in the following ways:
 • Development and test
 Quick and easy way to create computers with basic and specific configurations required to code and test the applications.
 • Applications in the cloud
 One can pay for extra VMs when they need them and shut them down when they don't.
 • Extended datacenter
 VMs in Azure Virtual Network can easily be connected to the organization's network.
Azure BackupAn azure backup is an ideal tool for simplifying data protection from human errors. This service also allows you to keep your application consistent with the help of VSS snapshot (Windows) and fsfreeze (Linux). It gives us benefits like:
 • Offload on-premises backup
 • Backup Azure IaaS VMs
 • Scale easily
 • Get unlimited data transfer
 • Keep data secure
 • Centralized monitoring and management
 • App-consistent backups
 • Retain short and long-term data
 • Automatic storage management
 • Multiple storage options
Azure Cosmos DBAzure Cosmos DB offers a globally distributed, fully managed NoSQL database service. This distribution involves transparent multi-master replication. It is designed to ensure single-digit millisecond response times. This guarantees speed at any scale. As it is fully managed, it does database administration by automatic management, updates, and patching. Cosmos DB is also a multi-model with wire protocol-compatible API endpoints.
Azure Logic AppsIt helps you to build powerful integration solutions in no time. It can help in connecting data, apps, and devices anywhere. Furthermore, the business-to-business (B2B) capabilities of Logic Apps help in easier working with trading partners through Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) standards and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) standards.
Azure Active DirectoryThis service provides the user id and password management for users logging to enter in at the same time. The facility of single sign-on can help users gain simpler access to their apps from any location. It helps the employees sign in and access resources from both external and internal resources.
Azure API ManagementIt helps to publish, manage, analyze, and secure the APIs in just a few minutes. API management provides the core competencies to ensure a successful API program through developer engagement, business insights, analytics, security, and protection. One can use Azure API Management to take any backend and launch a full-fledged API program based on it. The best part about this is the security which keeps all the APIs protected with the help of IP filters, tokens, and keys.
Azure Content Delivery NetworkThis service is designed to run in integration with a number of other services including web apps, Azure cloud services, and storage while providing a secure delivery across the globe. It provides the benefit of advanced analytics which can help in obtaining insights into customer workflows and business requirements.
Azure Site RecoveryAzure site recovery provides a built-in disaster recovery service for your business. Helping you to keep your maintenance costs low, this service paves the path for you to minimize downtime and even test the disaster recovery plan without hammering the actual work. Microsoft has bagged the position of a leader in the native Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) category in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service by Gartner.

Source: IntelliPaat

What programming languages does Azure support?

Due to the colossal array of apps and services available through Azure, the platform provides a unique opportunity for developers. Depending on which part of Azure is being used to develop and deploy apps and services, a range of programming languages is supported by .NET, #C, Python, Java, PHP, Node.js, PowerShell, and Go.

Source: Nigel Frank

Azure (FAQ)

  • What is Azure used for?

Microsoft Azure, formerly known as Windows Azure, is Microsoft's public cloud computing platform. It provides a broad range of cloud services, including computing, analytics, storage and networking.

  • Is Azure the same as SQL?

No, Azure SQL Database is not the same as SQL Server. While they are both relational database management systems, there are key differences between the two. Azure SQL Database is a cloud-based service, while SQL Server is an on-premises software.

  • Is Azure a programming language?

Azure programming language is a general-purpose programming language developed by Microsoft for their Azure Cloud platform.

  • Is Azure a Python?

All Microsoft Azure services are available by using Python. Here are some types of activities that you can perform by using Python and Microsoft Azure: Remote debugging on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.

  • Why Python is used in Azure?

Python can quickly and easily build, train, host, and deploy models from any Python environment with Azure services for data science and machine learning. Or bring in pre-built AI solutions to deliver cutting-edge experiences to your Python apps.

  • Can I learn Azure without coding?

You do not need coding skills to use Microsoft Azure.

  • Which language is best for Azure?

Azure supports the most popular programming languages in use today, including Python, JavaScript, Java, .NET and Go.

  • What language is Azure built in?

The company's heavy use of Java and continuing promotion of the language for Azure computing comes even though the language is similar in many ways to its own flagship programming language: C#.

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