Windows 11 surpasses 400 million users, leaked Microsoft data reveals the milestone

Priya Walia

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Microsoft’s unveiling of Windows 11 in 2021 marked a new era for the tech giant. With significant updates and new features, the operating system aimed to revolutionize how people interacted with their devices. However, a recent report has shed light on the adoption rate of Windows 11, revealing a slower pace than its predecessor, Windows 10.

According to the report by Windows Central, Windows 11 currently powers over 400 million monthly active devices. While this number is impressive, it took the operating system just over a year to achieve this milestone. In contrast, Windows 10 reached 400 million monthly active devices in a shorter span after its release.

Despite the slower adoption rate, the report suggests that the software giant had set modest expectations for the usage base of Windows 11. However, the operating system has surpassed these internal goals consistently. Windows 11 has proven more successful than anticipated from a user-base standpoint.

Microsoft’s internal data predicts that Windows 11 will reach 500 million monthly active devices by early 2024.

One of the factors influencing the sluggish adoption rate is its strict hardware requirements. Unlike Windows 10, which was compatible with a wide range of CPUs, Windows 11 only supports CPUs released from 2018 onwards. This limitation has prevented many users with older devices from upgrading to the latest operating system.

Windows 11 introduced several design changes that garnered attention upon its release. A new boot screen, startup sound, and upgraded widgets aimed to enhance the user experience. Furthermore, the company added Copilot, its AI personal assistant, in recent updates.

Microsoft plans to release Windows 12 as the next major Windows operating system. As users gradually adjust to the new features and requirements of Windows 11, it will be interesting to see how the adoption rate evolves and if it eventually catches up to the impressive user base achieved by its predecessor, Windows 10.