WordPress plugins now show active installs instead of downloads

I didn’t see anything come through on make.wordpress.org but now “Active Installs” is shown for plugins in the wordpress.org repository instead of downloads:

Active installs in the WordPress plugin repository

I initially thought this was just because I was logged in but it’s now the default.  You can still see number of downloads by hopping over to the Stats page:

Stats tab showing number of WordPress plugin downloads

I think it was a good move.  Download count says nothing about how many people are actually using the plugin, and wasn’t really a stat you could easily see before without adding your own tracking in.