Windows 10 now active on more than 200 million devices

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 05 January 2016
Windows 10 now active on more than 200 million devices

More than 200 million monthly active devices around the world are running Windows 10, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft’s figures indicate that Windows 10 continues to be on the ‘fastest growth trajectory of any version of Windows’, outpacing Windows 7 by nearly 140% and Windows 8 by nearly 400%. In fact, more than 40% of new Windows 10 devices have become active since 27 November 2015 (Black Friday).

The company has also seen an ‘increased preference’ for Windows 10 among consumers, as well as ‘accelerating and unprecedented demand’ for the operating system among enterprise and education customers. Now, more than 76% of its enterprise customers are in active pilots of Windows 10 and there are over 22 million devices running Windows 10 across enterprise and education customers.

“Overall, we are seeing significantly higher customer satisfaction with Windows 10 than any prior version of Windows,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, in a blog post. “Recently we reached another milestone – people have spent over 11 billion hours on Windows 10 in December (2015) alone, spending more time on Windows than ever before. Whether using our new web browser, getting help from Cortana – our personal assistant – playing games, or being productive, people are spending more and more time on Windows.”

Now that developers are able to use Windows 10 to create single apps that can be used on any device, Microsoft’s Windows Store has also grown significantly in 2015.

To date, Windows Store has recorded more than three billion visits and in December alone, 60% of paying customers were new to the store and there was a two-fold increase in the number of paid transactions from PC and tablet customers. Plus, customers are now able to access additional universal apps for Windows 10, including Netflix, Shazam, Twitter, Uber and more.

In 2016, Microsoft expects Windows 10 devices, such as Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Book, to continue to drive growth.

From 5 January, customers in Austria, Australia, the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand will be able to pre-order the new Surface Book, which is already available in the US, China and Hong Kong. The device will soon be available in Japan. Meanwhile, customers in India will be able to purchase Surface Pro to India in the coming weeks.

Plus, the first Windows 10 phones, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, are now available worldwide and initial demand is ‘outstripping [Microsoft’s] supply.

“In the year ahead, we’re excited to bring you more Windows innovations, more incredible devices, and great new Windows apps and games that will deliver more productivity and entertainment experiences across the broadest range of devices,” said Mehdi. “We continue to be excited – and humbled – by the incredible response to Windows 10.”

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