Microsoft has some big numbers to share. The company launched a new Web site, featuring the Windows 8 live tiles interface, to display facts about the company.
"In the spirit of live tiles, we'll update this site frequently, so you can keep apprised of the progress we're making in our transition to a devices and services company, and of how many cans of Coke Zero we're consuming each year (hint: it's the most popular soda on our campus)," wrote Frank X. Shaw, corporate vice president of corporate communications at Microsoft.
You'll learn that Microsoft employees at the company campus consume about 2.6 million gallons of free beverages per year, of which nearly 40 percent is Coke Zero. With a click on the tile about beverage consumption, you'll also learn that the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta uses Microsoft's Kinect sensors for its interactive exhibits.
The Coke Zero is accompanied by 554,000 pizza slices and an additional 250,000 personal-sized pizzas consumed per year by Microsoft employees in the company cafeterias.
The company's employee "Giving" campaign has donated $1 billion to more than 31,000 charities.
You might not know that Microsoft has an art collection with 4,728 pieces displayed in 180 buildings across the world. The artwork,which includes pieces ranging from "Painting Two Lonely Rocks," by the Swiss artists Hendrikje Kühne and Beat Klein, to a portion of the Berlin Wall. The collection helps to humanize and energize the work environment, the company said.
Microsoft also would like you to be aware of some of the key numbers in its business, such as 400 million active Outlook.com mail users, 170,000 Windows Phone Store apps, 100 million Windows 8 licenses sold, and 11 billion photos stored to date on SkyDrive. No numbers yet on the Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft by the Numbers is a friendly summary of the company and it shows off the utility of the live tile interface. One might wonder if the numbers might be different if Microsoft employees preferred Pepsi instead of Coke.