Windows 10, Microsoft’s flagship OS is now active on more than 200,000,000 devices monthly. This is big news for the Redmond based company that only launched the new version of Windows back in August.
According to the official Windows Experience blog, Windows 10 is now on the fastest ever growth trajectory of any previous version of Windows. That makes its growth 400% faster than Windows 8, and outpaces the adoption of Windows 7 by just under 140%. Over 40% of the latest Windows 10 activations came after Black Friday.
The new figures mean that Microsoft are starting 2016 with some really positive news. The stats are also show that the tech company are well on their way to their long term goal of seeing Windows 10 being active on 1 billion devices.
The high adoption rate of Windows 10 is seen as being largely due to the positive and enthusiastic response from both consumers and critics.
“We continue to be excited – and humbled – by the incredible response to Windows 10,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for the Windows and Devices Group. “Overall, we are seeing significantly higher customer satisfaction with Windows 10 than any prior version of Windows.”
Mehdi also revealed in his blog that people spent “11 billion hours on Windows 10 in December alone.” But it’s not just the high adoption rate of Windows 10 that has given Microsoft reason to be excited about the future.
Mehdi also pointed to other figures that seem to show that Microsoft is riding a wave of resurgence generally:
- People spent more than 44.5 billion minutes in the Microsoft Edge browser across Windows 10 devices last month. It wasn’t revealed how many searches were made for ‘Google,’ however.
- In December, Windows 10 generated more than a 4.5x increase in revenue per device, as compared to Windows 8
- Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant has been asked more than 2.5 billion questions since launch. It was however unclear how many bad jokes she had told in that time.
- There have also been around 30% more Bing search queries per Windows 10 device compared to prior versions of Windows.
- In December alone, 60% of paying customer were new to the Windows Store.
2015 was also the year that Microsoft released their first Windows 10 smartphones as well. The Lumia 950 series of phones sold out within a month, with demand apparently outstripping supply.
As Mehdi says in the end of his blog post, 2015 was a great year for Microsoft. 2016 looks set to continue this trend.