Windows 10 is now installed on 1.3 billion monthly active devices

Polycount

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In brief: Though Windows 7 still retains a core of devoted users -- despite Microsoft ending official support for the OS early last year. However, Windows 10 continues to grow bigger and bigger, reaching more users and devices every year. As of writing, Microsoft's latest desktop OS has spread to over 1.3 billion monthly active devices.

It has been a long journey for Windows 10. It got off to a rocky start (though arguably not as rocky as Windows 8's), and though the OS has improved dramatically over time courtesy of regular software updates, it's still had its fair share of controversies -- the notorious bug that deleted user files is one good example.

Still, now that prior versions of the OS have been phased out, it's the only real option for consumers and corporations that want to stick to the familiarity of Windows. With that in mind, Windows 10's growth in recent years was perhaps inevitable -- of course, the Covid-19 pandemic has probably boosted user numbers, as well.

Indeed, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed this in a statement. "Over a year into the pandemic, digital adoption curves aren’t slowing down," the executive said. "They’re accelerating, and it’s just the beginning. We are building the cloud for the next decade, expanding our addressable market and innovating across every layer of the tech stack to help our customers be resilient and transform."

Microsoft had previously set a monthly active device target of one billion, but it surpassed that figure in March of 2021. That means the OS has accrued an additional 300 million device installations in just over a year -- not bad.

This news comes from Microsoft's latest earnings report, where the company announced (fiscal year) Q3 2021 revenues of $41.7 billion; a 19 percent increase year-over-year. Microsoft attributes this to rising interest in its various cloud computing products.

It remains to be seen whether or not Microsoft will be able to maintain this growth. If it can, perhaps Windows 10 will reach two billion monthly active devices sooner rather than later -- only time will tell.

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QuantumPhysics

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I was extremely disappointed by Windows 7 and Windows 8 coming out of windows XP.

Windows 8.1 helped build my confidence in Windows again and Windows 10, to me has been nearly perfect.

I'm not sure how it will be improved upon, but on my main PC and my work PC, I've had very little issue with my hardware, my peripherals, my software and my games. windows 10 has been stable and predictable on both my PC and my laptop.

Personally, I believe in "brute force" with Windows 10. More powerful hardware just yields better results.
 

zamroni111

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Today windows license are mostly locked to hardware, especially in branded pc and laptop.
In the past, we could legally move windows license from branded pc to other device, but it's no longer legally possible
 

Danny101

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I used Asus motherboards for the past 18 years. When I try to install Linux, I was only successful one time and it was an old Fedora edition. So what motherboard OEMs have good Linux support? I'm torn over the systemd argument. The Linux world has an apparent rift over this subsystem.
 

yRaz

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I used Asus motherboards for the past 18 years. When I try to install Linux, I was only successful one time and it was an old Fedora edition. So what motherboard OEMs have good Linux support? I'm torn over the systemd argument. The Linux world has an apparent rift over this subsystem.
I have no problems running multiple versions of Linux on my Asus motherboard. Try something user friendly like Linux Mint with the Cinnamon GUI.
 

texasrattler

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I'd say win 7 had a more rocky start over 10. I haven't had many issues with 10. Most of my issues have come down to me or my PC not the OS causing a issue.
I also don't just update my PC cause there is a update out. I maintain it but don't update cause the latest update is out. Windows update lets me know if there is a update after a period of time and in some cases the update gets pulled, it won't install on my PC. Which is a good thing as I don't like getting any issue cause of a update. In any event, even with the so called updates that have caused various issues, I never got them. Lucky, maybe or maybe I just maintain my computer better than most.
 

Jroc187

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Today windows license are mostly locked to hardware, especially in branded pc and laptop.
In the past, we could legally move windows license from branded pc to other device, but it's no longer legally possible
LMFAO you can move your windows license around to any pc as long as you use the account it is tied to. I have done this so many times, it is stupid simple.
 

Theinsanegamer

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Not really if you link it to your Microsoft account you can easily change hardware than activate the new install of Windows.
Yeah, then you have to use a microsoft account. I am not turning my PC into a glorified Ipad, I dont need to tie my logon to the cloud.
Once they reach 2bil it`s monthly subscription time!
That's going to be funnier then hell when all the people who willingly defend the buggy wasteful mess that is windows 10 have to start paying for the priviledge. I cant wait to hear the arguments on how this is still technically better then windows 7.
 

Squid Surprise

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Yeah, then you have to use a microsoft account. I am not turning my PC into a glorified Ipad, I dont need to tie my logon to the cloud.
That's going to be funnier then hell when all the people who willingly defend the buggy wasteful mess that is windows 10 have to start paying for the priviledge. I cant wait to hear the arguments on how this is still technically better then windows 7.
So you'd prefer to pay every time you swap PCs... your call.... that's been the case since Windows 7 by the way....
Windows 10 is superior to Windows 7 in every way...

Release the MS-hating trolls!!
 

DrSuess

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Today windows license are mostly locked to hardware, especially in branded pc and laptop.
In the past, we could legally move windows license from branded pc to other device, but it's no longer legally possible
You can move any retail Windows 10 license from device to device, but OEM licenses have been locked to a specific PC for as long as I can remember. If moving licenses is important to you then buy a retail license.
 

zamroni111

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You can move any retail Windows 10 license from device to device, but OEM licenses have been locked to a specific PC for as long as I can remember. If moving licenses is important to you then buy a retail license.
But we don't have such choice. Laptop manufacturers bundled windows into almost all new laptops.
 

Danny101

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I would buy system builder Windows. Not as of yet with 10, if that's even available any longer. Have always been able to move those like you could with retail versions. Not sure how much different Builder issues were to OEM issues. Windows 8 and 10 seemed to have tighter ties to hardware than previous versions.