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Microsoft Says Windows 10 Now On Over 200 Million Devices

     
8:37 pm on Jan 4, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft was keen to announce a new milestone or two for Windows 10 uptake, with it exceeding 200 million active devices, and it says that uptake is outpacing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 by quite significant margins.

As of today, there are more than 200 million monthly active devices around the world running Windows 10. Microsoft Says Windows 10 on Over 200 Million Devices [blogs.windows.com]
In fact, Windows 10 continues to be on the fastest growth trajectory of any version of Windows ever outpacing Windows 7 by nearly 140% and Windows 8 by nearly 400%.
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Microsoft lies..they count those who "roll back" from 10 to 8, or 8.1 or 7 as installed 10..
"Uptake" and "Growth"=forced downloads and updates..
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They talk about active users on all devices, not just Desktops.
I do admit to upgrading a Win 7 laptop and then putting it away in a drawer. I doubt that would count as active, but as an upgrade. I'm also aware of a number of friends deciding to upgrade, and even acquiring Surface tablets, which i thought were a bit pricey.

Who knows about rollbacks.

Only Microsoft knows the true figure, althought there are some independent estimates suggesting 165 million users.
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I wonder how many of those are new PC's and Netbooks. e.g new hardware.

Starting sometime last Feb/March $MS was updating every Win7 with corrupted windows Update Installer. That Installer would use upto 1.7GB of RAM and 75% of CPU which would usually bring perfectly working machine with up to 4GB of Ram to its knees. I know a lot of people started buying new Hardware for no good reason.

I bought 2 laptops with Win7 Pro / I3 processor / 4GB Ram / 128 MB SSD in June of 2014 for my elderly relatives so we could stay in-touch across the pond. One of the does not use "INTERNETS" at all, the other reads NYTimes once in a while.

Cleaned up OS with a fresh install, no other junk. Installed Skype and MS Security essentials. Set Windows Update on Auto. Everything was awesome till march of 2015. ON both machines Skype started dropping session and computer would FREEZE.

So when I got to them in June, sure enough Corrupted Windows Update installer. Had to reinstall everything from scratch.

Some other friends just got New Laptops, with Windows 10. When I asked "why?" the response was their older systems were too old and slow. None of them were older that 3 years, that's a fact.
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Surface tablets, which i thought were a bit pricey
Yeah but a very high-end product. Bought the Surface Pro 4 i7 when my 5 year old Toshiba laptop finally went down for the count. The removable keyboard really is a great feature. Came w/ Win10 Pro, updated a couple times with no issues... once on San Francisco Airport's wifi. Took a while and I was worried that I'd have to board my flight before it finished; just made it :)
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Yippy skippy. I hate Windows 10.
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Windows 10 Now On Over 200 Million Devices
Sounds like a virus infestation to me.
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Interesting ( if predictable ) what on MS's own admission they include in their figure of over 200 million..
lumias and xbox ones amongst others ..
[theregister.co.uk...]
Redmond declined to break down the figures by device or platform.

..remove those who revert to older versions ( after forced downloads and scammed upgrades ), such as win7, 8, 8.1..
and the machines which are still in "the channel" pre-installed with win 10, but are as yet unsold..which MS also counts in the over 200 million..( every machine you see unsold in the shops and the ones out back and in Amazon's and other warehouses world wide, plus those in manufacturers production lines but for which MS has a SKU number ( as being "installed" ) for...

So..in the real world.. win 10 has an actual "in use" uptake worse than Vista prior to SP1..
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I actually believe they are reporting 200 million ACTIVE devices and all that rollback (I r 1) negates nothing. The:

So..in the real world.. win 10 has an actual "in use" uptake worse than Vista prior to SP1..

....is a bit spurious.

You kiddies know my tin foil re: Win10 is first stage to the return of Big Iron and Corporate Monthly Billing to Centralized Processing. Why do you think the "cloud" was invented? Wasn't for "you", I promise. :)

Enough!

But that is why I do believe MS is reporting 200m uptake. It makes sense and echoes some real world in my 'hood where clients, due to the nag nag nag of Advantage Update to Win10 for Free clicked that rascal. That free for a year actually got Win10 rolled out EARLY since I suspect the Bean Counters (accountants) at MS won't actually start tracking monthly subscriptions---er, what used to be license seats---of new bill payers---er, what used to be license seat owners. And there again, dang it, I did it again!

Linux is looking better and better, but that dang cloud thing out there, that scares the begollies out of me. :)
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Windows 10 consume more resources than 7, and from what I've heard it is not fully optimized for nvidia
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I get the windows 10 nag screen every few days and have yet to change Windows 7. Frankly, I don't see the point putting bloated software on my laptop and clogging it up with all sorts of new problems from "upgrading". The headaches are just not worth it. It's works, that's all that matters.
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That free for a year

Hmmm I've never heard of this. Do you mean that after a year it uninstalls itself? Or does a monthly fee kick in?

For a while every time I restarted my Windows 7 desktop, I was getting notices encouraging me to upgrade to Windows 10, but then I found a setting that stopped the notices. It's a lot of trouble to change to a new version, so I like to stick with what I've got as long as I can. And if there's a monthly fee, that's all the more reason to stick with Windows 7.

I've never in my life heard of a monthly fee for using windows. Or does it uninstall itself. Please explain.
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The upgrade is free for a year. There are no monthly fees for Windows 10. Upgrade is simple just make sure all your software is up to date.
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Thanks keyplyr -- I realize now what it means I knew what I was thinking didn't make any sense.

but I'm still not going to "upgrade" to something that's so new and probably has a lot of bugs and other problems that need to be worked out.
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Well I like it. Not much difference from Windows 7 really, just faster.

Main reason for me to upgrade was security.
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Windows 10 makes big gains at home, lags at work

Our monthly look at desktop operating system market share has turned up something interesting: Windows 10 looks to be a hit at home but a laggard at work.

We're basing that assessment on the US government's helpful analytics service, which among other things records the operating systems hitting government web sites. Uncle Sam lets us download the las 90 days worth of data on that matter, which we started using in December to augment our regular look at OS market share data from Netmarketshare and Statcounter.

[theregister.co.uk...]
Another data set look at Win10 uptake
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...lags at work
That's to be expected IMO & I would assume that's true for any major change. I don't work in an office, but I know those who do and some are still on Windows 2000.
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Considering the amount of data W10 is sending to Microsoft (including sensitive and classified corporate data - yeah one of the reasons most of the big brands haven't switched yet) I am fairly certain that we will see some interesting developments in the Microsoft and Bing vectors in 2016. <tinfoil hat on>