Microsoft excited to almost reach iPad levels of success with Windows 10

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It's on many devices, but we still don't know what kind of devices.
It's on many devices, but we still don't know what kind of devices.
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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?

Source: Windows Blog
Via: The Next Web

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  • Diego

    lol.
    Seriously?
    Microsoft used force to get everyone to w10.
    This is so they can get money after the free license key expires.

    • CelestialTerrestrial

      I wasn’t aware they were going to charge money even if you installed during the first year.

      I think they were giving it away for free for the first year is because it’s not really ready for prime time since the browser isn’t complete, at all, and there are still a lot of bugs. I think it was just a ploy to call it an official release, when in fact, it should be called Beta. Typical Microsoft.

  • AmiRami

    know this is cult of mac but why are you turning this announcement into Windows 10 verses iPad? Microsoft didn’t even mention tablets let alone iPad.
    Today’s message is simple, “Hey developers, we now have 200+ million devices capable of running universal apps. please stop ignoring us now.”
    No need to kick someone when they are down Cult.

    • minhin

      “Hey developers, we now have 200+ million devices capable of running universal apps. please stop ignoring us now.”

      Upvote you on this

      “That’s just iPads, not the entirety of iOS, nor does it include Macintosh’s computer OS, OS X El Capitan”
      Just plain wrong. If you combine all version of windows, xbox, surface, apple should just STFU.

      • CelestialTerrestrial

        Personally, I could give a rip. As long as Apple runs profitable and they continue to grow at a normal rate, that’s fine. Microsoft has a completely different business model and I don’t buy one platform based on how many users they have. I buy based on which platform serves my needs. I’ve used both Microsoft and Apple based platforms for many decades and each one has pros and cons and it’s just a matter of figuring out what you can and cannot live with. Either way, neither company is going out of business and they can both co-exist on this planet.

  • Rob

    It’s always fun to watch what form of ignorance will show itself when Windows or Microsoft is mentioned around here. Usually spewed by useless bags of crap who have absolutely nothing to contribute to this world.

    Come on Diego…..Why don’t you share with us what great contribution you’ve created to help humanity.

  • bdkennedy

    And how many people uninstalled it?

    • minhin

      How many?

    • AmiRami

      These are usage statistics not installation numbers. Besides if you are buying a new PC or Surface or whatever you aren’t uninstalling the OS.
      Conversely I could ask, how many of these Windows 10 installs are on a Mac?

      • CelestialTerrestrial

        Yes, I would be interested in finding out how many Windows installs are on a Mac and what that particular growth rate is year to year.

      • AmiRami

        I can’t answer that. But IMHO here is an educated guess. IBM made a deal with Apple to run their company exclusively on Mac. That is EPIC for Apple. But can we reallly assume that IBM is getting rid of Windows infrfrastructure 100% on the back end? Enterprise infrastructure is 60% unix and 40% windows and there is zero presence for Apple. How is Apple getting rid of Windows?

      • TechnoBuff

        Wrong statement. That kind of agreement was never made. The agreement made was to create enterprise specific apps for the Ipad. Not to run exclusively on Mac.
        IBM still runs a lot of their internal infrastructure on Unix and WindowS.

  • meh…I installed on Surface Pro 3 over the holidays after Windows update wiped clean all of my “tiles” and other nasty things. Seems much smoother now. True test will be when I get back to office and try to run multiple monitors…

  • Jerome  Soucy

    Microsoft certainly has had it hard over the last few years. With Windows 8(was tempted to write windoze) they compounded the Vista problem that they had partly resolved with W7.

    Microsoft certainly has made a lot of mistakes over the decades. Usually picked up after SEVERAL releases after the initial one. Think of MS Word 1 compared to today.

    I definitely am more of an Apple product biaised guy but, I can only hope MSFT does make a comeback. The economy needs the diversity and innovation comes only if there is competition. Although I would not call Cortana “innovation”. SIRI (not the one Apple released) was the first real useable AI “servant” that we were delivered. All Apple did was to invest massively in it to make it mainstream & scalable. MSFT just copied it.

    Windows 10 is nice, i would even say neat. It shows that Redmond can make a pretty OS that works relatively well. The problem isn’t there. MSFT does have the capability to make it happen. The problem is always the same… hundreds of hawdware vendors thinking they know better and implement improbable systems that for the sake of offering a 100$ computer, make poor decisions about build and component quality, rendering the best OSes useless.

    No matter where you look, good computers with top tier hardware aren’t cheap. The illusion that you can compute with a 100$ laptop will only push you so far. Invariably, people associate their 100$ computer to the 1000$ mainstream computer and think they can do all that… it ain’t so… sorry.

    All in all, it isn’t a MSFT issue… it’s a computer design issue. While I was at Compaq, back in the days they were #1, tradeoffs were few and far apart. Can’t say that i see the same thing today.

    • pwgc

      If you look at where Microsoft makes its money, it hasn’t had it hard at all. Apple makes its money in a completely different place: mobile handsets. Microsoft tried in this area and hasn’t done very well, but Microsoft is doing just fine against its core competence. Meanwhile Apple is doing fine with PCs, but only holding its position in a declining market. Comparing the two companies doesn’t make much sense. Why not add Exxon in to the mix?

      • Jerome  Soucy

        True enough. MSFT has made money with Office for the most part. This is also where they shine. The competition on that front is pretty much NIL. On the server side of things, most of the companies I have worked for have their IT on WINTEL (because of MS Office) and their business on NIX systems. If MSFT keeps it’s heading on focusing on Officeware, they are not going to dissapear and it opens their development to other platforms as we’ve seen over the last year.

        Unfortunately, this will not resolve anything about the very sick computer mfg model.

  • mildmanneredjanitor

    Not that it matters much, but the article should be corrected in that the Windows 10 numbers are active concurrent for a single version.
    The iPad numbers are total sales ever, all versions, so no indication of how many are being used “in the wild”.
    My iPad for example. It was a huge investment but has been completely unused for over 2 years now (even my 8 yr old son wouldn’t touch it), Apple having stopped supporting it after only about 18 months, which also means the 3rd party apps eventually stopped working. That’s literally shameful for a so called “premium” tablet, and exactly the reason I would never buy another Apple product.