This number takes in the full range of devices that can run on the Microsoft OS. That includes desktops, laptops, tablets, Xbox One consoles and mixed-reality headsets.
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Let’s break it down…
> OS installed base: Windows 10 has gotten more popular in the last year. Back in Feb. 2017, Win10 was on 39% of all PCs and tablets, Microsoft says. Now it’s on 47%.
Most of that gain was taken from Windows 7. The older OS’s share declined from 45% of all PCs and tablets in Feb. 2017 to 39% last month.
One thing to watch for in the future will be the adoption of Windows 10 in S Mode. Announced earlier this month, it replaces Windows 10 S, a version of the OS designed for schools.
Starting with the next update of Win10, consumers will be able to buy a new Win10 Home or Pro PC with S mode enabled. And business users will be able to buy Win 10 Enterprise with S mode enabled.
> Most popular Win10 app category: On downloads, entertainment leads. Last month, entertainment apps accounted for 19% of all downloads from Windows Store.
The next most popular app categories last month were productivity (14% of all Windows Store downloads); social (also 14%); utilities & tools (13%); and photo and video (10%).
> Revenue mix: How do most users prefer to pay for Windows 10 software? That depends on whether they’re using an app or a game.
For apps, nearly two-thirds (62%) of the revenue comes from paid apps. The remainder (38%) comes from in-app purchases.
With games, it’s almost exactly the opposite. Here, nearly two-thirds (61%) of revenue comes from in-app purchases. And the remaining 39% comes from paid apps.
Under the hood
> Memory and storage: Almost no change here. Windows 10 devices have about as much RAM and storage now as they did a year ago.
For example, back in Feb. 2017, nearly half (46%) of Win10 devices had 4GB of RAM. One year later, that’s changed by only 2 percentage points, with 4GB now found on 44% of Win10 devices, Microsoft says.
Same thing for storage. A year ago, the most popular capacity was 500GB, found on nearly a third (31%) of Win10 devices. One year later, 500GB is still the most popular storage size for a Win10 device. Now it’s found on 29% of devices, a drop of just 2 percentage points.
> CPUs & GPUs: When it comes to Win10 central and graphical processors, there has been some change in the last year, but not much, according to Microsoft’s figures.
A year ago, the most common CPU setup was dual-core, found on nearly three-quarters (72%) of Win10 systems. One year later, that’s dropped by 5 percentage points: Dual-core CPUs are now found on 67% of Win10 systems.
Similarly, the popularity of 4-CPU systems has increased a bit. It rose from 28% of all Win10 systems a year ago to 32% now.
Integrated GPUs are somewhat more popular, too. They rose from 64% of all Win10 systems a year ago to 69% now, Microsoft says. Most of that gain was taken from discrete GPU form factors.