Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 in 2021 and since then the tech giant has released several major updates and new features for the operating system. A media report has now revealed that Windows 11 powers more than 400 million active devices every month. It is said that the latest operating system will reach 500 million active devices by 2024. This is a significantly slower adoption rate than the old Windows 10. Windows 11 reached 400 million active devices just over a year after release.
A report from Windows Central, citing internal Microsoft data, states that Windows 11 is now in use on more than 400 million monthly active devices and will reach 500 million monthly active devices by early 2024. Windows 11’s pace of adoption appears to be significantly slower than Windows 10. However, the report notes that Microsoft has set a “modest” expectation for Windows 11’s usage base and that the company has consistently exceeded these internal targets. Windows 11 has reportedly been more successful than the company expected from a user perspective.
Windows 11 was unveiled in July 2021 with notable design changes, including a new splash screen, startup sound, and upgraded widgets. It took Microsoft two years to reach 400 million monthly active devices with Windows 11, while Windows 10, which debuted in June 2015, reached 400 million monthly active devices in just over a year. It reached 1 billion users in early 2020.
Windows 10 was introduced as a limited free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8. The Windows 11 operating system, on the other hand, was only supported on CPUs released from 2018 onwards due to the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) requirement. Windows 11’s slow adoption rate can be attributed to these stringent hardware requirements.
Windows 11 has received a number of updates in recent months. The tech giant has added its personal AI assistant, Copilot, to the operating system. Microsoft’s Windows 12 is expected to be released in 2024 as the next big Windows operating system.