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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Windows 10 now runs on over 200 million computers worldwide, says Microsoft

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Redmond-based Microsoft has revealed that Windows 10, which was released just six months ago, now runs on 200 million active computers worldwide.
Windows 10, which succeeded Windows 8.1, was released on July 29, 2015 and has been well received with users, hitting 50 million install count in just 2 weeks since the release – it has seen the fastest adoption rate across all versions of Windows.
This is just one of several things Microsoft has managed to achieve with its newest desktop operating system.
Microsoft also added that Windows 10’s growth is accelerating. To give you an idea, more than 40 percent of new Windows 10 devices have come to the pool after last year’s Black Friday.
“We’re seeing increased preference for Windows 10 with consumers. Since Black Friday, US retail PC share for Windows 10 grew 16 points to 62% compared to the prior four weeks. Windows 10 mix of PCs rose to 87% from 58% prior to the holiday,” Microsoft stated in a blogpost.
By a staggering volume, Windows 10 has also outpaced Windows 7, the most widely used desktop operating system on the planet. Windows 10 adoption rate is 140 percent faster than Windows 7, and nearly 400 percent faster than Windows 8.
Windows 10 is also getting love from enterprise and education sectors. “We are also seeing accelerating and unprecedented demand for Windows 10 among enterprise and education customers. As of today, more than 76% of our enterprise customers are in active pilots of Windows 10, and we now have over 22 million devices running Windows 10 across enterprise and education customers.”
To put this into perspective, Microsoft shared that in December 2015 alone, people spent over 11 billion hours using Windows 10. As for Microsoft Edge, the new Windows 10 desktop Web browser, people have spent 44.5 billion minutes using it.
Digital voice assistant, Cortana has been asked 2.5 billion questions since launch, and Bing has captured an impressive 30 percent more queries on Windows 10 when compared to any other version of Windows.
The PC game lovers are also in love with Windows 10, having spent over 4 billion hours playing PC games on their Windows 10 computer, and a staggering 82 billion photos have been viewed on Windows 10 Photo app.
Source: Microsoft