Microsoft is excited, as it’s almost got as many installs of Windows 10 as there are iPads. Of course, the Redmond-based tech company didn’t put it in as many words, rather shouting out that Windows 10 is on now on a ton of devices.
“As of today,” writes Microsoft on its website, “there are more than 200 million monthly active devices around the world running Windows 10.”
That’s surely a lot of installs, showing significant growth.
Microsoft also notes that more than 40 percent of new Windows 10 devices became active after Black Friday this past year, and shows faster growth than Windows 7 (by nearly 140 percent) and Windows 8 (nearly 400 percent faster).
What Microsoft doesn’t say is how many of those devices are tablets, and how many are laptop or desktop PCs. That’s probably because the 200 million number sounds more impressive, and because the iPad, while still suffering some slowdown in sales, still has around 250 million units sold. That’s just iPads, not the entirety of iOS, nor does it include Macintosh’s computer OS, OS X El Capitan.
Regardless, these numbers are pretty good for Microsoft, which has had trouble putting a dent in the iPad’s dominance. The team is excited about some of the new technology in Windows 10, like assistant Cortana and the new Edge web browser. Microsoft claims there have been over 44.5 billion minutes spent in that Edge browser, and over 2.5 billion questions asked of Cortana (Siri’s Microsoftian counterpart), with 30 percent more Bing seraches in Windows 10 and over 82 billion photos viewed within the Windows 10 Photo app.
Gamers have spent over four billion hours playing PC games in Windows 10 and streamed more than 6.6 million hours of their Xbox One games to those same PCs. Wow.
When you have this sort of economy of scale, the numbers add up quickly. Sure, Bing is the default search engine on Windows 10, and PC gamers are some of the most rabid fans we know, but are these numbers really that big a deal?
If the number of total Windows 10 installs is less than the number of actual iPad units in the wild, are you really ahead of the curve? What do you think?