Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 10 made its debut a few months ago. The latest operating system brought a number of improvements and features.
Earlier today, the company announced that Windows 10 is now running on 200 million devices around the world, 125 million more than what was reported in August 2015. Microsoft announced back in October that 110 million were using it, so the numbers have almost doubled.
The operating system made its debut on July 2015. This release was a little different as the operating system was offered for free to all Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. The release brought back some features that were not on the previous operating system.
The free release was surprising for many as the company had charged its customers for the new versions in the past. Microsoft believes the move will bring more people to use their other platforms. The company also thinks it could get to one billion Windows 10 activations by 2018. The company needs four times the number they just reached to make that happen.
In the 200 million announcement, Microsoft also mentioned that the operating system has the fastest growth trajectory. The adoption rate is faster than Windows 7 and a lot faster than Windows 8, which was not well received by some.
Windows 10 has become very popular these last few months. Microsoft estimates that 80 million Windows 10 devices were activated since the end of November. The operating system registered 11 billion hours of usage last month, according to the company’s statistics. The personal virtual assistant has also been very busy during the release, responding to more than 2.5 billion questions.
Improvements and New Features
The success is good for the company after what we saw with Windows 8. But there is still room to grow as many have not downloaded the operating system or are waiting for the minor issues to be fixed.
Windows 10 was released on July 29, 2015 and received positive reviews right away. The new Edge browser was praised for its performance, despite not offering all the features that other browsers have. Cortana, an intelligent personal assistant, was also an addition that many liked. Its features include being able to answer questions, set reminders and music recognition. Cortana adapts its voice to match the everyday language, culture and speech patterns of the country the user is in.
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