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Windows 10 Now Runs over 200 Million Devices Globally, Says Microsoft

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Microsoft loves its numbers. In fact, the software giant often starts selling its products with a pre-determined threshold. Take Windows 10 for example. Soon after its launch last year, the company announced its intentions of installing the platform on a billion devices.

Well, as ambitious as the goal sounded, Microsoft after a great start, is well on its way and has managed to install its much vaunted platform on over 200 million devices.

The milestone, which took less than six months to arrive, means that the company has completed 20 percent of its one billion devices goal. The platform, which promises to combine the best of Windows 7 & 8, is increasingly proving to be more popular as well. Although, the facts that: 1) Microsoft is offering 10 as a free upgrade to 7 and 8.1 and 2) It is counting the number of active devices rather than licenses sold this time, making it an installs versus sales debate, may have something to do with the popularity as well.

Lets not forget that this time, Microsoft is including mobile devices into its headcount too. So, quite a bit of improvisation to boost the numbers — but then, with an ambitious 1 Billion goal within its sights, one must make certain allowances. As a result of this combination of number magic and Windows 10’s actual advantages over its predcessors, the company claims that the platform outstrips Windows 7 by 140 and 8 by a staggering 400 percent.

Here is a list of other interesting Windows 10 facts:

  • Over 44.5 billion minutes spent in Microsoft Edge across Windows 10 devices in just the last month.
  • Over 2.5 billion questions asked of Cortana since launch.
  • Around 30 percent more Bing search queries per Windows 10 device vs. prior versions of Windows.
  • Over 82 billion photos viewed within the Windows 10 Photo app.
  • In 2015, gamers spent over4 billion hours playing PC games on Windows 10.
  • Gamers have streamed more than 6.6 million hours of Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs.
  • 2x increase in the number of paid transactions from PC and tablet customers this holiday season.
  • In December, 60 percent ofpaying customer were newto the Windows Store.
  • In December, Windows 10 generated more than a 4.5x increase in revenue per device, as compared to Windows 8.

Well, with the Surface book slated to release in a bunch of European countries tomorrow and the Surface pro expected to release in India soon, we can expect Microsoft to move even closer to its goal soon.


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