Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is one of the most rapidly adopted Windows version till date with an install base of more than 400 million active users worldwide. Out of the total user base, the operating system is used by around 300 million users daily for at least three-and-a-half hours.
In an interview with Bloomberg Tech (via MSPoweruser), Microsoft’s Yusif Mehdi revealed the numbers. He was quoted saying, “Windows 10 has been doing great. It’s been many months sine we reported we had 400 million monthly active users, but 300 million+ use it every day for 3 and a half hours. It’s the fastest adoption in corporation we’ve ever seen, and we’re seeing great deployment on that. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the progress on Windows.”
Last month, Microsoft released the Windows 10 Creators Update with focus on bringing 3D to everyone. The recent figures indicate that the latest major update is already running on 10 percent devices. A more concrete number is expected to be revealed at Build 2017 developer conference next week. ALSO READ: Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update rolling out now: Here’s everything you need to know
Microsoft also recently unveiled its new education-focused, lightweight operating system, Windows 10 S, that will take on Google’s Chrome OS. Designed for low-end hardware, Microsoft also unveiled a new Surface Laptop with prices starting at $999 (approximately Rs 64,500). ALSO READ: Microsoft Windows 10 S: Redmond’s new low cost OS that caters to education
It’s just been a couple of days since the announcement, but Microsoft hasn’t received a positive response for the Windows 10 S OS. However, Mehdi pointed some benefits of Windows 10 S OS over Chromebooks saying that it includes support for touchscreen displays, ability to work offline, full Office suite and support for virtual reality too. ALSO READ: Microsoft Surface Laptop vs Apple MacBook Air: The battle of ultra-portable, lightweight laptops
Mehdi was quoted saying, “What Windows 10 S does is all of Windows as you know it, so you can do things like VR, 3D, pen and ink, but you get the two benefits: you get just the apps that come from the Store — so you get that safety, the security, and the performance. But you get none of the drawbacks of Chromebooks, so you get to work offline, you get full Office, you get the ability to run Minecraft, you get some really rich experiences, and that’s how it sets us apart.” ALSO READ: Windows 10 S vs Windows 10: Here is what’s different and all you need to know about the newest OS on the block
With Build 2017 taking place next week, it will be interesting to see what Microsoft announces next for the developers. Microsoft is likely to continue with its “Cloud First, Mobile First” approach.