Windows Live Messenger – a short history and stats

  • More than 300 million people in 76 countries and 48 languages use Messenger every month  they say “I (L)you” and “LOL” not only in English, Spanish, German and Japanese (the first 4 languages we offered) but also in Chinese, Estonian, Thai, Catalan, Hindi, and many more.
  • Messenger users now represent:
    • 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).

Graph showing Messenger users as percent of Internet users in ten countries