Windows 10 hit a new milestone today, with Microsoft announcing that installs had now topped 400 million. That’s a slowdown from peak growth of about 30%, but given that the free upgrade offer ended since the last time that Microsoft reported numbers it hardly an unexpected one.
With a limited number of upgrades likely to happen going forward (mainly enterprises with software assurance that effectively get the upgrade for free) future Windows 10 growth is going to be based on new PC sales in the main. There’s no sign that the fall in those sales is going to reverse any time soon though.
Microsoft is still committed to hitting one billion Windows 10 installs, but its going to take a lot longer than the two years originally predicted. The latest figures suggest about half a million new installs per day (in itself a remarkable number) which means the next 600 million users will take around 1200 days – or more than three years – to get onboard.