Windows 10 Reaches 200 Million Devices

While I personally feel that Windows 10 is growing at a slower pace than anticipated, Microsoft is saying otherwise. In a blog published by Microsoft, they announced that over 200 million active devices are now powered by Windows 10. Let’s make sure not to confuse PCs with devices. A device means a PC, a tablet, a phone, an Xbox, and even an IoT.

Highlights from the post:

  • Windows 10 adoption is accelerating, with more than 40 percent of new Windows 10 devices becoming active since Black Friday.
  • Windows 10 continues to be on the fastest growth trajectory of any version of Windows – ever – outpacing Windows 7 by nearly 140 percent and Windows 8 by nearly 400 percent.
  • 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 percent, compared to the prior four weeks. Windows 10 mix of PCs rose to 87 percent from 58 percent prior to the holiday.
  • We are also seeing accelerating and unprecedented demand for Windows 10 among enterprise and education customers. As of today, more than 76 percent 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.

Not only is Windows 10 seeing better growth and engagement, but Windows Store, Xbox, Surface Book, and HoloLens are expected to do well.

Windows Store sees Dramatic Growth in 2015, Creating Opportunities for Developers

Windows 10 offers one for all Windows 10 devices including PC, tablet, phone, IoT and others. The new Windows Store has storefronts for both consumers and organizations, with new promotional surfaces to help people discover and acquire content. This approach is beginning to gain traction with 3 billion visits to the new Store and more universal apps becoming available for Windows 10, including Netflix, NPR, Pandora, Shazam, TuneIn Radio, Twitter, Uber, Wall Street Journal, 1-800-Flowers, and more.

Xbox Has Best Holiday Ever; Surface Book Coming Soon to 10 More Markets

Our Windows 10 devices also had an incredible holiday, led by strong demand for Xbox One, Surface Pro and Surface Book. In fact, 2015 was the biggest year in Xbox history – with Xbox One setting record global engagement and sales. On December 28 there were more fans using Xbox Live than any other day in Xbox history. Now running Windows 10, Xbox One is faster and more social following the release of the New Xbox One Experience. Windows 10 makes all gaming better with a consistent gaming experience across devices by extending Xbox Live to every screen.

The Xbox App in Windows 10

Coming off a great holiday in the US and Canada, we are excited to bring Surface to more people in more markets. Surface Book recently became available for pre-order in China and Hong Kong and today, I’m pleased to share that it will soon be available in a total of 10 new markets. Starting tomorrow, customers will be able to pre-order Surface Book in Austria, Australia, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, and New Zealand, and it will be coming soon to Japan. We’re also excited to bring Surface Pro to India in the coming weeks.

Microsoft HoloLens will continue to bring more opportunities to developers, with Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition coming soon. And, customers like Volvo Cars and Autodesk Fusion 360 are creating all new solutions with HoloLens at the center. We look forward to seeing what developers create in the year ahead.