It has only been three months since Microsoft has released Windows 10. Now, an analytics group said that the operating system is currently powering over 100 million PCs. The figures have been released on Nov. 1, Sunday. Given that Windows is the most widely used OS in the world, and the hype that Microsoft has generated in anticipation of Windows 10's release, the figure does not come as a surprise.
According to a report from Computer World, Windows 10 currently powers 132 million PCs, accounting a user share of about 7.9 percent. The percentage shows all the devices that run the Windows 10 OS worldwide. This also reflects a growth of about 1.3 percent in October. October has been the last full month that Windows devices powered by earlier OS like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 can have a free upgrade to the latest operating system.
The findings have been released by Net Application. The figures also show that Windows 10 powers 8.8 percent of all Windows devices. Net Application's data have tallied that 90.4 percent, and not 100 percent, of devices use Windows, so Windows 10's raw user share is smaller than the 8.8 percent figure. Another analytics group called StatCounter predicted that the new OS's user share will grow by 2.4 percent in September, but the growth the OS attained in October (according to StatCounter), was a full point lower than the September prediction.
So while the user number for Windows 10 is increasing, it does so slower than expected. Microsoft claims that 1.5 billion PCs worldwide are powered by Windows. The software company has not released its own numbers for Windows 10 since Oct. 6. An executive from a top hardware maker has put the number of PCs running the OS at 110 million at that time. Microsoft still has not confirmed its own figures.
Recently, the company has announced that a new update on the Windows 10 OS, codenamed the Windows Redstone, will be coming to users in the summer of 2016. The new update resembles Apple's "Continuity" feature, allowing users to continue tasks from desktop to mobile.