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Microsoft says that Windows 10 is actively running on 200 Million devices

Microsoft says that Windows 10 is actively running on 200 Million devices

by AshwinJanuary 4, 2016

Last week, we reported that Windows 10 was running on 10% of computers around the World.

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But we did not have a clear idea on the exact numbers which amounted to the said percentage.

And earlier today, there were a few unconfirmed reports which claimed that Windows 10 was running on 160 Million devices. Well, apparently those reports were fake, and not even close to the real number.

So, what do the official stats say? How many devices are running Windows 10 in 2016?

This is what Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Windows and Devices had to say in an official blog post:

As of today, there are more than 200 million monthly active devices around the world running Windows 10.

Note the word “active”, it is very important in this context. What it conveys is that, there weren’t merely 200 million installs of the operating system, the operating system is currently used on the said number. This is pretty impressive, considering that the previously announced numbers amounted to nearly half of that, at 110 Million, back in October.

Windows 10 managed to double its number in less than three months? How can this be possible? Of course, you have to consider the forced upgrade offers, which were being sent to Windows 7 and 8.1 users. Thse offered no option to skip the upgrade, and instead offered Upgrade Now or Start download, upgrade later.

And it got worse very quickly, changing the option to Upgrade Now or Upgrade Tonight. So these could have helped in achieving the magic number.

Oh, there is one other thing. These 200 Million Installs, aren’t all PCs, they include Phones, Tablets, and even Xbox One gaming consoles. It remains to be seen that the exact number of PCs running on the new OS is.

Despite rumours about the adoption rate of Windows 10 slowing down, Microsoft says that the operating system’s adoption is actually accelerating. It saw a huge surge during Black Friday, with 40% of new devices which became active during the sale period.

Windows 10 is the fastest growing version of Windows, ever. It has grown 140% faster than Windows 7, and Windows 8 by 400%, though the latter isn’t remotely surprising, since it can be considered a super flop.

It is not just the Home and Pro users who are upgrading to Windows 10, Enterprise and Education users are adopting Windows 10 more, with over 76% of those users moving over to the new os. They amount to over 22 million devices, and it is likely to increase in 2016, as was predicted earlier.