400 Million Devices Now Run Windows 10

This is probably the last time Windows 10 sees some significant growth in adoption in a long time


Microsoft has revealed the latest Windows 10 adoption numbers. According to the company, there are as of now, over 400 million active devices (in use for at least the last 28 days) running Windows 10, the company’s latest version of its Windows operating system, in the world.

It is worth noting that the figure is inclusive of other hardware like XBox One consoles, mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) etc othen than just personal computers (PCs).

At the end of June, just a month before Windows 10 officially celebrated its first anniversary, Microsoft announced that it ran on 350 million devices. Over a month earlier, at the beginning of May, the company reported that 300 million devices were running on Windows 10.

Unlike the previous figures, however, the current statistics are more important. This is because since July 29th, Microsoft has stopped offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to any user who was on either Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. At the moment, one can only upgrade to Windows 10 from an older version (supported) version of Windows by purchasing a valid license from Microsoft. This will have a direct effect on the numbers we expect Microsoft to report going forward.

Even with all future PCs arriving with Windows 10 onboard, Microsoft does not expect to have cracked its goal of having Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices over a three-year period (2015-2018). Mobile devices could have helped a lot but then again those are on their deathbed.

According to the latest data from NetApplications, Windows 7 remains the most popular operating system in the world with 47% market share amongst desktop computing devices while Windows 10 has risen to take second place with nearly half the number of users running Windows 7 on their PCs (23%).

Since rolling out the so-called Windows 10 Anniversary Update from early August (I only received my update last week), the company is focused on delivering the next big update (codenamed Redstone 2 since the Anniversary Update was the original Redstone) to the young operating system early next year before following up with another major update later in 2017.

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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.