Windows 10 crosses 200 million active user’s threshold

Microsoft Windows 10 target

Microsoft Windows 10 target
Microsoft has revealed that currently there are more than 200 million users monthly who are active on Windows 10.

In a blog post on 4 January, 2016, the company’s corporate vice president of Windows and Devices, Yusuf Mehdi, has conveyed that there are more than 200 million monthly active devices around the world running Microsoft Relevant Products/Services’s new OS, Windows 10.
“A major investment in Windows 10 is delivering one platform that enables developers to reach the breadth of Windows 10 devices — across PC, tablet, phone, and more — with a single app and a single Windows Store,” Mehdi said.
The new operating system that was released four months back, has outpaced Windows 7 by almost 140 percent and Windows 8 by almost four times, unveiled the company. The company also claimed that December saw the highest-ever engagement of Windows, with users spending more than 11 billion hours with Windows 10 during the month.
Windows 10 usage during the five workdays is at around the 15 percent mark in recent times, which spikes up and closes at around 30% during the weekend.
Microsoft is in knowledge of the above data owing to its ability to track Windows 10 activity, which is termed by the company as “Engagement”. Whenever a Windows 10 device is turned ON, the operating system sends a message to Microsoft to let it know that someone is using Windows 10 and the same message recurs when the user logs OFF.
“One of the ways we measure our progress with Windows 10 is looking at how people are using Windows. Recently we reached another milestone – people have spent over 11 billion hours on Windows 10 in December alone, spending more time on Windows than ever before,” Mehdi revealed.
The company said more than 40 percent of new Windows 10 devices becoming active since Black Friday, after the launch of Surface Pro, more than 22 million of 200 million devices are devices run by enterprise and education customers and 76 percent of its enterprise customers are employing “active pilot” versions of Windows 10.
The company’s aim is to get Windows 10 installed on over one billion devices, a target it estimates to reach by 2019. To trigger that effort, the company will re-categorize Windows 10 as a recommended update soon. Once it is done, the users with automatic updates enabled might see Windows 10 upgrades automatically installing on their devices. Users have the choice to download the OS, or continue with their current version after that.
Despite the figures, Windows 10 sales has seen a down-slide recently, after the initial rush.
Other figures revealed by Microsoft include more than 2.5 billion questions asked about Cortana since its launch, 30 percent more Bing search queries via Windows 10 compared to searches performed on previous versions of Windows, and more than 82 billion photo views within the Windows 10 Photo app.
Summarizing the company’s reported numbers, Microsoft Windows 10 is being adopted at an unprecedented rate and there are indications that within the time-frame of a few years, all the previous Windows versions will be replaced by it.
Vina Krishnan
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