Two months ago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the software giant would be changing how it monitors the growth of Windows 10, tracking monthly active users — rather than devices — after it became clear slow sales of Windows Phones meant the new OS wouldn’t hit the company’s stated goal of one billion devices by mid-2018.
Microsoft today announced that Windows 10 is now installed on over 400 million devices. It took the latest and greatest operating system from the company about 14 months to hit the new milestone. The tally is the first since the company said it wouldn’t meet its timeline for getting 1 billion devices running the new operating system. That’s up from 350 million in June. Before that, at the start of May, Windows 10 was on 300 million devices. Which means it added over 50 million users within a month and then 50 million more in the next three months. Microsoft claims the adoption rate of Windows 10 is 115 percent faster than Windows 7 and even with the shady tactics Microsoft is blamed for this is an impressive number.
It’s worth bearing in mind, the company counts all devices running Windows 10, including those on computers and tablets in shops and warehouses around the world that have yet to be sold.
Microsoft also measured the Windows install base a month ago and said that in June, Windows 10 had 39 percent of the global market, and 50 percent in the US, and 51 percent in the UK. Windows 7 according to those statistics is still the dominant Windows version but it will be interesting to see where the next update puts the new OS, and whether the slowing of growth will be reflected there.
Microsoft had previously announced that Windows 10 may not reach their gal of One billion devices by mid 2018. Microsoft has not declared any new time-line within which it aims to achieve the one billion goal however, even with these impressive growth numbers, that dream seems a little too far for now.
Hopefully with the release of newer and better updates in Windows 10 like the night mode, people’s bar and the Skype SMS relay these numbers will keep on increasing. However, Microsoft’s Big Brother like AI might erk some privacy warriors as it tracks everything a user does on their Windows 10 machine. It is just a patent filing for now though and it may never even make it onto Windows or if it does, it would probably not be very soon. Meanwhile Google may also be preparing a Windows 10 competitor if the rumours are to be believed.
via : ZDNet