Windows 10 by the numbers: 200 million active monthly users, though adoption rates could be slowing down

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One of the biggest stories of 2015 was the release and rapid adoption of Microsoft's latest OS, Windows 10. The company will look to ride its momentum into the New Year and today released numbers that show 200 million active monthly users for the software.

However, several aspects of the Windows 10 implementation – like essentially forcing upgrades from older versions -- could be bumping up those numbers. Further, some people question whether the internally sourced metrics actually spell success.

Microsoft said that more than 40 percent of Windows 10 devices became active after Black Friday, months after release of the OS at the end of July. Further, the company said adoption is outpacing Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 by 400 percent and 140 percent, respectively.

While a lot of the uptake has been in the consumer market, that could soon change. Microsoft said that 76 percent of its enterprise clients are in active pilots with Windows 10.

Microsoft has also sought to strike a chord with third-party developers with its newest iteration of Windows.

The company said that over the holiday season there was a two times increase of paid transactions in the Windows Store. As Petri points out, there's a self-feeding cycle that sees an active app store cause more developer interaction, which leads to a more active app store that causes even more developer interaction, and so on.

Despite Microsoft's internal numbers, some outside stat collectors paint a less rosy picture for the new OS. Net Applications found that Windows 10 was never able to breach 10 percent total market share in 2015 and its growth trickled to about 1 percent per month following release, according to VentureBeat.

Regardless, 2016 will be a big year for Windows 10. The current king of operating systems -- Windows 7 at about 50 to 60 percent market share depending on the time of day, according to stats from analytics company GoSquared -- still dominates the enterprise. It's key for Windows 10 to win over those users to really raise its market share past the consumer-heavy first adopters.

For more:
- check out the numbers from Microsoft
- read the article from Petri
- read the article from VentureBeat

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