In March 2020, Microsoft released statistics saying that the active users of the Windows 10 system reached the 1 billion milestones, and most media at the time believed that this was the peak. But then the coronavirus epidemic raged around the world and more people began to work remotely from home, which caused the sales of personal computers to rise for the first time in years instead of falling. And these personal computers are more equipped with Microsoft’s Windows 10 system, and the epidemic has also ushered in an explosive growth of Microsoft’s operating system. The latest financial report released by Microsoft shows that Windows 10 global active users have reached 1.3 billion, and Microsoft has gained 300 million active users in just one year.
Microsoft said that the rapid increase in users of the Windows 10 system in such a short period of time is mainly due to the spread of the coronavirus epidemic that allows people to work from home. Large technology companies including Microsoft, as well as various small and medium-sized companies, have tried to work remotely, which has caused people’s demand for personal computers to grow rapidly. Originally, people can handle work at home through smartphones, but long-term work at home requires people to need larger-screen personal computers instead of smartphones. This has caused the demand for personal computers to skyrocket, and these personal computers are more equipped with Windows 10 systems, and there has been a rapid increase in active users.
In fact, it was precisely because of the rapid increase in the number of Windows 10 users that Microsoft decided to reinvest in the system, which was already marginalized. After the surge in user numbers, Microsoft CEO Nadella previously issued a statement saying that it is necessary to reinvest in the system to make Windows the best operating system. The Windows 10 Sun Valley update released this fall is the product of the reinvestment plan. Microsoft will improve the interface in the system to bring multiple new features.
According to the statistics of market research institutions, the peak installed capacity of a Windows 10 system is about 1.5 billion units. The market research agency believes that this is already the peak of Microsoft. But now the number of new active users makes people start to re-examine the data, according to the market research agency, Windows 10 accounted for 78% of the Microsoft system. It can be concluded that the installed capacity of Windows 10 has reached 1.66 billion units, far exceeding the previously predicted peak of 1.5 billion.