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Microsoft claims Windows 10 is its fastest-growing OS ever

Mark Hachman | Jan. 5, 2016
Microsoft says that it sold out of the Lumia 950 and 950XL, and that the Surface Book will be sold in more markets worldwide.

More Surface Books overseas

Microsoft also added a few tidbits of device news: the Surface Book will be available for preorder Tuesday in Austria, Australia, the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, and New Zealand, with Japan and India added soon. Microsoft also claimed that “initial demand” had outstripped the supply of its Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL phones, and it was working to increase shipments. 

The Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition is “coming soon,” Microsoft said.

The story behind the story: Besides the 200 million devices Microsoft now says are running Windows 10, Microsoft didn’t release any raw numbers that could explain how Windows 10 is really doing. Microsoft also released one factoid that’s a bit confusing—more than 40 percent of new Windows 10 devices were activated since Black Friday, implying that the majority weren’t activated? (Microsoft has so far declined to comment further.) But there’s enough circumstantial evidence—the growth trajectory, the number of devices, to accept that Windows 10 got off to a fast start. Whether it can continue its pace is the next question.


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