Since its launch in July 2015, Microsoft has boldly made claims based on the predicted uptake of its Windows 10 operating system, boosted by the fact that it was available for free to most users in the initial phases.
In May last year, the company claimed that the number of active users was 500 million, which marked the half-way point towards netting a billion devices by July 2018, as it marks Windows 10’s third anniversary.
However, this goal seems far-fetched as only 100 million more users have jumped on board since last year, and now Windows 10 has an active user base of 600 million, monthly.
Although this is a new milestone for the company, the operating system’s market share is still short of Windows 7, and as usual, it credits the rise to PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One consoles and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Windows 10 runs on 48% of the world’s PCs
Telemetry data from Microsoft shows that 48% of Windows 10 PCs are still running it, while only 39% are running on Windows 7. This, the company says, is the opportune time to build for Windows and distribute via Microsoft Store.
Currently, the trending categories in terms of downloads and revenue include Entertainment, which leads the pack, Action and adventure for games, Apps, Add-ons and In-app purchases.
The introduction of Windows 10 with S mode, which delivers predictable performance and quality through Microsoft-verified apps via Microsoft Store, has also contributed to the uptake of the operating system by customers and partners for its performance and reliability.
S mode has been well received for its security, faster boot times, better battery life, and consistency in performance over time, which has seen more than 20 partners bring Windows 10 S enabled devices to market.
Subsequently, Windows 10’s next update will give customers the option to buy a new Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro PC with S mode, while commercial customers will be able to deploy Windows 10 enterprise with S mode.
With only a few months left to the third anniversary of Windows 10 later in July this year, we wait to see whether the number will increase, but it is highly unlikely to hit the projected one billion mark.
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