To herald the end of 2015, Microsoft have issued two new announcements.
Yusuf Medhi has announced via a blog post that Windows 10 is now active on 200 million + devices around the globe, and adoption of the software is increasing, with more than 40% of those activating after Black Friday. Windows 10 continues to be on the fastest growth trajectory of any Windows software; plus, people are engaging with it more than ever. There’s been over eleven billion hours spent on Windows 10, and that’s just the figures for December!
In addition, the Xbox One, Surface Pro, and Surface Book were all in strong demand over the holidays, and the latter will soon be available in more markets, including the UK.
Mike Nichols has also announced that 2015 was the “biggest year in Xbox history,” with record global engagement and sales. On December 28, there were more people using Xbox Live than any other day in Xbox history. Every title in the exclusive 2015 holiday line up – Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6 and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition – sold 1 million + units, and the number of people playing titles published by Microsoft Studios was more than double compared to 2014.
On top of that, he gave a sneak peak as to what’s to come next year – Gears of War 4 is having a multiplayer beta in spring 2016, and will launch in the autumn, Quantum Break releasing on April 5, Halo Wars 2 in the autumn, Crackdown 3 gaining multiplayer this upcoming summer, the Fable Legends open beta in spring, and ReCore, Sea of Thieves, and Gigantic are all coming this year, too.
Killer Instinct Season 3 will launch in March, followed by Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition sometime in the spring. Finally, Cobalt will launch on February 2.
All in all? Keep an eye on Microsoft this year!