A year in review

2014 has ended, time for us to take a look back. The Windows Insider Program has taken off but the show has just started.

Windows 10 market share


Windows 10 marketshare


Windows marketshare

TH1 100%

Data from 1 January 2014 compared to 1 January 2015 by Net Marketshare, version share data from 1 January 2015 by ChangeWindows

Windows Insider Program


unique build numbers


build releases


patch releases

...across 2 platforms

Data by ChangeWindows, compared with 2014, e.g. build 10586 for PC and Mobile counts as 2 separate builds

Windows 10

Threshold 1

We've only just started to see new features drop into Windows with the first 3 builds, but there is already plenty to talk about. With the leak of build 9888 and 9901, we also have a lot of things to look forward to for next year

The Windows 10 for PCs

Some of the highlights

Task View · Virtual Desktops · EdgeHTML 12 · Action Center · Start menu · Command prompt improvements · Settings app · MKV and HVEC support · File Explorer Home · Search and Task view button · Windowed apps · Touchpad gestures

441 +85

days since Windows 8.1

110.25 -67.02

average days between builds


version share

Comparison between Windows 8.1 and Threshold 1, considers all platforms, the same build released for multiple platforms counts for each platform individually, e.g. build 10586 for PC and Mobile counts as 2 separate builds

A short word

In 2014, Microsoft is trying to revolutionize the way they develop and preview Windows, skipping "Windows 9" - despite perhaps a marketing stunt - shows how much progress Microsoft wants to make. There is a lot to look forward to in 2015 and we'll get to see that Fast Ring in some good use. There are exciting times ahead.

To the visitors of ChangeWindows, I would also like to express my gratitude. It is amazing to be part of this community and it is to see ChangeWindows grow, and that wouldn't have been possible without all of you.

I hope you have all celebrated the holidays with your family and friends, walked into the New Year with your loved ones. Enjoy their company, because - as many of you know - sometimes your time with them is short.

Thank you, and I'll see you in 2015
- Yannick · Studio 384

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