Microsoft employee count 2005-2019

How many employees does Microsoft have?

The American technology company Microsoft employs approximately 144 thousand people in full-time positions worldwide. Around 60 percent of Microsoft’s employees are located in the company’s home country the United States. The employees are spread out over four business units: operations (manufacturing, distribution, product support, and consulting services), research and development, sales and marketing, and general and administration.

Product portfolio and business segments

Microsoft sells a wide range of consumer and enterprise software, hardware, and services. The technology company had a revenue standing at around 126 billion U.S. dollars in fiscal year 2019, most of which came from the commercial licensing of its software and operating systems. For example, Microsoft Windows is a dominating presence in the desktop operating systems market, with a market share of more than 75 percent.

Microsoft US tech giant

Microsoft is one of the biggest technology companies in the United States next to Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon and IBM. Microsoft’s market capitalization has consistently grown to over one trillion U.S. dollars over the period from 2014 to 2019. Today Microsoft is one of the most valuable brands worldwide with a brand value exceeding 100 billion U.S. dollars, with only Amazon, Apple, and Google having a higher brand value.

Microsoft Corporation: employee count from 2005 to 2019

Fiscal yearsNumber of employees in thousands
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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

2005 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Microsoft's fiscal year ends on June 30.

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