Microsoft recently launched a particularly notable milestone: the Android version of Microsoft Word has gone 1 billion for installations, according to the Google Play Store (via Android Police ).
The company's other Office appliances also do pretty well. The spreadsheet app Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and OneDrive each have 500 million installations, while the e-mail client Outlook for Android has more than 100 million installations. The Android police point out that these numbers are not necessarily retrieved from Google's Play Store and note that Microsoft has some agreements with some manufacturers to pre-install their apps on different devices.
The milestone is also a little ironic. Last month, Bill Gates noted in an interview that his "biggest mistake ever" was missing in the mobile world and noted that there is only room for a competitor for iOS and that it should have been "a natural thing for Microsoft to win." While Microsoft's mobile efforts have never achieved the success of its competitors, its mobile versions of Microsoft Office still have significant market penetration, just like their desktop engines.