That’s right, Windows 10 is now active on more than 200 million devices. That’s a lot of Windows 10 machines. Microsoft’s free upgrade to Windows 10 is clearly going well. Back in October the software giant revealed that 110 million devices were running Windows 10, and that number has now jumped to more than 200 million.
Microsoft first released Windows 10 as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users on July 29th, so in less than six months it’s well on its way to reaching 1 billion devices.
The Windows creator took to their blog to show the news that their main operating system has reached the magic 200 million.
As we start the new year, I want to provide an update on Windows 10 and Windows 10 devices. We continue to be excited – and humbled – by the incredible response to Windows 10. First, a few updates on how we’re tracking toward our goal of seeing Windows 10 active on more than one billion devices.
As of today, there are more than 200 million monthly active devices around the world running Windows 10.
- And Windows 10 adoption is accelerating, with more than 40% of new Windows 10 devices becoming active since Black Friday.
- In fact, Windows 10 continues to be on the fastest growth trajectory of any version of Windows – ever – outpacing Windows 7 by nearly 140% and Windows 8 by nearly 400%.
- We’re seeing increased preference for Windows 10 with consumers. Since Black Friday, US retail PC share* for Windows 10 grew 16 points to 62% compared to the prior four weeks. Windows 10 mix of PCs rose to 87% from 58% prior to the holiday.
- We are also seeing accelerating and unprecedented demand for Windows 10 among enterprise and education customers. As of today, more than 76% of our enterprise customers are in active pilots of Windows 10, and we now have over 22 million devices running Windows 10 across enterprise and education customers.
We are even more excited that these customers are loving Windows 10. Overall, we are seeing significantly higher customer satisfaction with Windows 10 than any prior version of Windows.
Windows 10’s install base is also a good indicator of whether Microsoft’s approach to encourage developers to the Windows Store will succeed. Microsoft claims the Windows Store has seen “dramatic growth” during 2015, thanks to an increase in the number of paid transactions. That might help increase developer momentum, but the move to universal Windows apps has been slow so far, despite some promising interest from big names.
Alongside the numbers, Microsoft is also expanding its Surface Book availability. Preorders will begin tomorrow in Austria, Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the UK. The Surface Book roll out will start initially in Australia and New Zealand on January 28th, followed by the rest of the new markets on February 18th. Microsoft is also bringing the Surface Book to China and Hong Kong on January 15th, and “soon” to Japan.Source: Microsoft blog