Microsoft have announced that Windows 10 is now installed on over 200 million devices worldwide including PCs, phones and Xbox Ones. In a post on the Windows Blog Microsoft say that Windows 10 adoption is outpacing Windows 7 by 140% and Windows 8 by 400% with 40% of new Windows 10 devices becoming active since Black Friday. I know you can prove anything with figures but my own web stats backup Microsoft’s data and I have seen a lot of people with new Windows 10 laptops and tablets for Christmas.

Hopefully these numbers will highlight the opportunities for developers and we will see more Universal Windows Apps hit the Windows Store. 2016 should again be an interesting year for Windows enthusiasts with the Redstone release of Windows 10, the Windows Store coming to the Xbox One and Windows 10 Mobile upgrades.

Welcome to 2016! In the year ahead, we’re excited to bring you more Windows innovations, more incredible devices, and great new Windows apps and games that will deliver more productivity and entertainment experiences across the broadest range of devices.

As we start the new year, I want to provide an update on Windows 10 and Windows 10 devices. We continue to be excited – and humbled – by the incredible response to Windows 10. First, a few updates on how we’re tracking toward our goal of seeing Windows 10 active on more than one billion devices.

As of today, there are more than 200 million monthly active devices around the world running Windows 10.

And Windows 10 adoption is accelerating, with more than 40% of new Windows 10 devices becoming active since Black Friday.

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%.

We’re seeing increased preference for Windows 10 with consumers. Since Black Friday, US retail PC share* for Windows 10 grew 16 points to 62% compared to the prior four weeks.  Windows 10 mix of PCs rose to 87% from 58% prior to the holiday.

We are also seeing accelerating and unprecedented demand for Windows 10 among enterprise and education customers. As of today, more than 76% of our enterprise customers are in active pilots of Windows 10, and we now have over 22 million devices running Windows 10 across enterprise and education customers.

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