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  • There’s that Win10 “400 million” number again

    Posted on November 30th, 2016 at 10:55 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft’s having its annual Shareholder Meeting at the moment. Amy Hood mentioned 400 million active Win10 devices. Now there’s a demo (I missed the name of the presenter, sorry) that again repeats the 400 million number.

    Tomorrow we’ll see the monthly reports on Windows usage from NetMarketshare and StatCounter. I wonder if we’re going to see another disappointing month?

    On Sept. 26, at Ignite, Microsoft announced Win10 was running on 400 million “monthly active devices.” On July 15, the number was 350 million.

    Is it possible that Win10 adoption has been nearly static for the past two months? Or are we looking at roundoff errors – a reticence to spill all the beans?

    With something like 20 million new PCs being sold every month, and Win10 coming along for the ride on most machines, you have to ask where all the Win10 users (er, monthly active devices) are going.

    A month ago, Terry Myerson referred to “the billion people, all around the world, using Windows” — in spite of Microsoft’s claim, for many years, which pegged the number of Windows users at 1.5 billion.

    I wonder what’s ahead tomorrow…

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