December 1, 2023

A brand new report from Home windows Central’s Zac Bowden at the moment claims that there at the moment are 400 million Home windows 11 month-to-month lively gadgets available on the market, citing confidential knowledge from Microsoft. And that quantity is anticipated to cross the five hundred million milestone subsequent 12 months, surpassing Microsoft’s expectations for the OS launched in Fall 2021.

In its 2022 annual report, Microsoft stated final 12 months that there at the moment are greater than 1.4 billion month-to-month lively gadgets working Home windows 10 or Home windows 11. Nevertheless, the corporate has but to share detailed knowledge about Home windows 11.

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If we use Bowden’s inner knowledge, 400 million Home windows 11 gadgets signify 28.57% of the 1.4 billion month-to-month lively Home windows 11 and Home windows 10 gadgets quantity from Microsoft. That’s barely larger than the 23.64% market share Statcounter gave to Home windows 11 in September 2023, although the net analytics firm nonetheless measures the market share of Home windows 7 (3.3%), Home windows 8.1 (0.61%), and Home windows XP (0.34%)

Panos Panay, Microsoft’s former Chief Product Officer, proudly stated in January 2022 that Microsoft was seeing “robust demand” for Home windows 11, with “folks accepting the improve supply to Home windows 11 at twice the speed we noticed for Home windows 10.” That assertion in all probability raised a number of eyebrows again then, however based on Bowden, the strict minimal {hardware} necessities for Home windows 11 didn’t decelerate the adoption of the brand new OS.

“Microsoft’s inner expectations had been set moderately modestly, however my sources say Microsoft has constantly blown previous these inner targets,” Bowden wrote. “Home windows 11 has been extra profitable than the corporate anticipated from a person base standpoint. That is aided by Microsoft’s new “Moments” replace schedule, which enabled the corporate to get new characteristic updates in entrance of Home windows customers sooner.

If Home windows 11 could also be extra well-liked than anticipated, there’s nonetheless an extended solution to go earlier than it overcomes Home windows 10 because the most-used model of Home windows. And whereas upgrading from Home windows 10 to Home windows 11 continues to be free, Microsoft not too long ago stopped permitting folks to make use of Home windows 7/8 keys to activate Home windows 11.