While Microsoft rarely provides information about the number of devices or users of its Windows operating system or other products, Microsoft yesterday posted a blog saying that Windows has surpassed the 1 billion user mark worldwide.
“The Windows operating system is huge — with more than 1 billion users and a rich PC ecosystem with countless usage patterns, key applications and hardware combinations.”
The company claims that Win11 is “the most reliable version of Windows ever,” saving an average of 6 percent in energy consumption if users follow the recommendations provided in the Win11 Energy Advisory; Windows 11 boot-to-desktop time is reduced by 10 percent, while the impact on launching applications is reduced by at least 50 percent. The impact on launching applications is reduced by at least 50 percent.
In addition, this article provides additional insights. some of the highlights are summarized below and more can be found on the official Microsoft blog
Microsoft performs over a million hours of validation work every day. Microsoft leverages diagnostic data to enable 2.5 million cab files per day, more than 12 million performance traces per year, and more than 70.4 billion program performance data points. The new version of Microsoft Teams is twice as fast as the old version, while using half the resources. Commonly used shell interactions are 15 percent faster. Microsoft says Win11 has dramatically improved startup speed. Engineers have reduced the time it takes to launch applications by ensuring that the applications users are trying to interact with are responsive and prioritize and reduce conflicts, among other things. According to the report, Microsoft has also made some optimizations to the default file explorer in the Windows 11 operating system. The company claims that it has improved file batch delete operations by 67% and also improved application startup times. In addition, Microsoft also highlighted a number of performance improvements they made between February and May 2023.