2015

A year in review

2015 has been an amazing year for Windows Insiders, the Insider Program took of, we saw our first 2 stable releases and now we've got a 3rd release on the way. Could it be any better?

Windows 10 market share

9.96% +9.90%

Windows 10 marketshare

91.32% -.13%

Windows marketshare

TH1 80.65% · TH2 19% · RS1 .35%

Data from 1 January 2015 compared to 1 January 2016 by Net Marketshare, version share data from 1 January 2016 by ChangeWindows

Windows Insider Program

43 +40

unique build numbers

52 +48

build releases

64 +61

patch releases

...across 5+3 platforms

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

Windows 10

Threshold 1 · Version 1507 · Build 10240

After 10 months of previews, we finally got our hands on the very first stable build of Windows 10. Despite only being available for PCs and IoT, this release marks the begin for all platforms.

The Windows 10 for PCs

Some of the highlights

Cortana · Universal Windows Platform apps · Windows Spotlight · Action Center · Microsoft Edge · Task View · Settings app · Virtual Desktops · File Explorer Home · New Windows Store · Windowed apps · Start experience

650 +294

days since Windows 8.1

10.75 -167.52

average days between builds

80.65% -19.35%

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

Windows 10
November Update

Threshold 2 · Version 1511 · Build 10586

Soon after the original Windows 10 release went out, we got a taste of what "Windows as a Service" means as Microsoft rolled out the November Update. This time around, the update was also released to Mobile and Xbox.

The Windows 10 November Update for PCs, Mobile and Xbox

The highlights

New Xbox Experience · Tab previews · EdgeHTML 13 · Show more tiles · App switcher · Xbox 360 compatibility

106 -544

days since Threshold 1

3.92 -6.83

average days between builds

19% +19%

version share

Comparison between Threshold 1 and Threshold 2, data until 1 January 2016, 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

Windows 10
Redstone 1

Redstone 1

This year ended with the release of build 11082, the only Redstone 1 build so far, which didn't bring anything new to the table. We don't have much to say about this just yet.

50 -56

days since Threshold 2

50 +46.08

average days between builds

.35% +.35%

version share

Comparison between Threshold 2 and Redstone 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

With that, we close of our first full year of Windows Insider Previews. We've had a lot, and as promised by Microsoft we'll see much more next year in terms of builds. Sadly, 2016 will only give 1 stable release, but that gives all the more joy in looking forward to 2017... running ahead of ourselves here. Of course, we are already going to get some new builds for the first update of 2017 in 2016.

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. 2016 has started, and like every year, all we can do is make the best out of it. So let's do just that.

Thank you, and I'll see you in 2016
- Yannick · Studio 384

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