Windows 11 Installed on more than 400 Million Active Devices: Report

Windows 11, the latest operating system by Microsoft, has now reached over 400 million monthly active users since its launch in 2021- Windows Central
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Windows 11 Achieves 400 Million Monthly Users Mark

Windows 11 has already been installed on more than 400 devices since it was launched in 2021. The number of users continues to grow, despite initial compatibility issues.

According to a report published by Windows Central, the Windows 11 operating system is now used on more than 400 million monthly active devices.  Windows Central reports that it has seen “Microsoft internal data” that shows Windows 11 is expected to hit 500 million monthly active devices by early 2024. All signs have pointed towards a slower adoption of Windows 11 than its predecessor and this leaked data backs up the assumption.

The operating system has been on the market since October 2021, which means it took Microsoft about two years to reach 400 million monthly active devices using Windows 11. This is a significantly lower rate than Windows 10, which reached the same number in just over a year, eventually reaching 1 billion users by early 2020.

Unlike Windows 10, which was released as a remedy for the divisive Windows 8, Windows 11 was not introduced to correct a significant mistake but to provide a natural update to the Windows ecosystem. This led to a slower initial adoption rate as people had grown accustomed to the trusted and tested Windows 10, making it difficult to embrace a new system.

One of the most significant challenges Windows 11 faced was related to compatibility issues, notably the requirement of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). This security feature is a fundamental component of Windows 11's architecture, but not all existing PCs were equipped with it. To upgrade to Windows 11, users with older processors, manufactured before 2018, had to invest in new hardware or modify their existing systems to include the TPM.

The slower growth rate of Windows 11 compared to its predecessor can be attributed to these compatibility challenges and the fact that Windows 10 was introduced to rectify the shortcomings of Windows 8, leading to a more immediate user switch.