When Microsoft announced its intention to install Windows 10 on more than a billion PCs, it faced quite a bit of skepticism — that — despite appreciative reviews. 1 Billion after all, is a huge number. However, only 4 weeks and a staggering 75 million PCs later, most of the skeptics are looking the other way.
And why shouldn’t they? 75 million computers have already taken the latest version of windows to their heart and going by past trends, this number is only likely to rise as more users choose to upgrade their systems to 10.
One of the greatest factor behind this rapid adoption — apart from the fact that 8 and 8.1 were relative fiascos and users were all too eager for a switch, of course — is the fact that Microsoft is offering it as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users for the first year.
Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group — who also announced the 75 million figure on twitter — offered several interesting insights into Windows 10’s progress by way of his tweets. Lets take a look.
1. #Windows10: More than 75 million devices running Windows 10 – and growing every day.
2. #Windows10: Windows 10 is running in 192 countries, virtually every country on the planet.
3. #Windows10: More than 90,000 unique PC or tablet models have upgraded to Windows 10.
4. #Windows10: Even some devices manufactured in 2007 have upgraded to Windows 10. 4/10
5. #Windows10: More than 122 years of gameplay have streamed from Xbox One to Windows 10 devices.
6. #Windows10:10 million achievements unlocked: Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta
7. #Windows10: In response to “tell me a joke”, Cortana has told over half a million jokes since launch. 🙂
8. #Windows10: Windows Store for Windows 10 has seen 6X more app downloads per device than Windows 8.
9. #Windows10: Over 2,000 organizations vying to win the global partner slot in #UpgradeYourWorld.
10. #Windows 10: Thank you @KimKardashian,@ladygaga,@therock, and all who helped to #UpgradeYourWorld. Do Great Things.
Well, that’s certainly an impressive list of achievements from a software so young, but then, it’s Windows 10 after all. The fact that it offers everything as an OS that it’s predecessor did not, has only served to make its reception that much warmer.
Also, trying to stay true to its claims that Windows 10 is more of a service — that will see constant improvements and updates over time — rather than a stagnant platform, Microsoft only last week released a new Windows 10 preview build for PCs.
Hmm, Between the rate at which PCs are adopting it and the mobile platform that will be released later this quarter, Microsoft’s 1 Billion devices dream, may be realized sooner rather than later. Way to go 10!