Microsoft claims that the latest figures for Windows 10 indicate that it is now being used on 300 million active devices worldwide. Meanwhile, the deadline for users to claim a free upgrade is approaching, as the platform nears the first anniversary of its launch.
Windows 10 was launched with great fanfare at the end of July last year, and user adoption has risen steadily ever since, helped in no small way by the fact that Microsoft is offering it as a free upgrade for users with Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems during its first year of availability.
In fact, Microsoft claims that customers are "adopting Windows 10 faster than ever before", with the software giant citing figures such as three billion minutes being spent by users on Windows 10's Edge browser in March alone, representing a 50 per cent growth in minutes over the previous quarter.
However, despite Microsoft's enthusiasm, Windows 7 remains the most widely deployed version of Windows, with current figures from NetMarketShare showing it stands at about 48 per cent of the entire operating system market, while Windows 10 lags behind on 15 per cent. By comparison, the aging and unsupported Windows XP still stands at nearly 11 per cent.
Windows 10 brings with it a number of key features, such as better support for touchscreen devices and the return of the Start menu, but it has also been widely criticised for collecting too much data on user activity and taking away user control over updates in the consumer editions of the platform.
Microsoft has also been accused of aggressively pushing the free upgrade onto users, making the install files available as a recommended download on its Windows Update service, which means that users will automatically get Windows 10 downloaded to their computer unless they change the default settings.
However, Microsoft is now warning users that time is running out to get their free upgrade. Writing on the Windows Experience Blog, the corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group Yusuf Mehdi said "We want to remind you that if you haven't taken advantage of the free upgrade offer, now is the time".
"The free upgrade offer will end on July 29 and we want to make sure you don't miss out. After July 29, you'll be able to continue to get Windows 10 on a new device, or purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home for $119 (£99)," he said.
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