Microsoft Corp's latest operating system, Windows 10, is running on 200
million devices in what the company said was the fastest adoption rate
of any of its operating systems.
Windows 10, which the company
released as a free download in July, powers both personal computers and
devices like phones. It replaced Windows 8, the heavily criticized
system dating from 2012.
Just over two months ago, Chief Executive
Officer Satya Nadella said 110 million devices were running Windows 10,
meaning the system is now on almost double the number of phones and PCs
compared to before the holiday season.
"I would characterize this
as white hot adoption out of the gate," said Daniel Ives, an analyst at
FBR Capital Markets, who has an "outperform" rating on the stock.
of the growth comes from retail consumers, with devices such as
Microsoft's Xbox gaming console helping drive adoption of Windows 10,
the company said. Xbox's busiest day ever was December 28, it added.
the ultimate success of Windows 10 will be judged by the take-up rate
among businesses. About three-quarters of Microsoft's enterprise
customers are testing Windows 10, the company said.
needs more mobile developers to build apps for Windows 10 to help catch
up with players like Apple and its popular iPhone and iPad devices. It
reported some progress in that area Monday, citing more visits to its
Windows Store for apps such as video service Netflix and music service
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