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Windows 10 is running on 75 million devices – An impressive feat?

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Windows 10, Microsoft’s new Operating System (OS), has seen great success in terms of user numbers since its launch one month ago. In the first 24 hours, Microsoft announced that the OS was running on over 14 million devices. Yesterday, 26 August 2015, Yusuf Mehdi, the corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Windows and devices group announced that Windows 10 is running on 75 million devices.

The number is growing every day and at first glance, is a highly impressive. Here is a look at why the 75 million number might not be as impressive as you might think and additional facts about the growth of Windows 10.

75 million isn’t that big of a deal

Some are called the 75 million devices running on Windows 10 in the first month “a smash hit”. It is a big number, no one can argue that. However, there is one thing you need to take into account when comparing Windows 10 to other versions of Windows, such as the highly popular Windows 7.

As most of you already know, Windows 10 is a free upgrade for almost everyone who has Windows installed on their PC. The simple fact of the matter is that if something is free, people will try it out, compared to both Windows 7 and Windows 8, which a user needs to buy.

As Yusuf Mehdi announced the 75 million number, there was a backlash from some users, talking about downgrading back to a previous version of Windows and noting their dislike for Microsoft’s new OS. For example, one user said “Are the sound problems fixed? I re-installed 8.1 because 10 had no sound” while the other noted: “Upgraded my tower and laptop. Then, downgraded back. Disabling applications, front door encryption access. Not cool.”

Furthermore, there is a lot backlash from some with regards to Windows 10’s privacy settings. So much so that private torrent tracker groups are starting to ban people from accessing their sites from a Windows 10 device. How much the torrent tracker groups and Windows 10’s privacy debacle will slow down Windows 10’s growth in the coming months will be interesting to see.

Compared to Windows 7, that holds 60.75% of all Operating Systems on the PC, Windows 10 still has a long way to go.

Even though users had to pay for Windows 7, it sold 60 million licenses in the first two months. The latest statistics show that there are more than one billion PC’s running Windows 7, with a total of 1.5 billion devices running the OS. Windows 8.1 comes in at a distance second with 13.09% of PC’s.

Keep in mind that although the Windows 10 first month number of 75 million does look impressive compared to Windows 7, it is for actual licenses that users paid for. Windows 10 users will have access to the free upgrade for 12 months, until 29 July 2016. Thereafter, you will have to buy Windows 10 for Home ($119.99) or Windows 10 Pro ($199.99).

Will Windows 10’s growth stagnate or its total user base at the time see a dramatic drop? One just can’t say for sure. However, if Microsoft does not fix the issues users are having by the time they have to buy an upgrade, could we see many users go back to their previous OS?

Interesting facts about Windows 10’s first month

Yusuf Mehdi took to Twitter today and shared some additional interesting facts about Windows 10 usage in the first month.

  • “Windows 10 is running in 192 countries, virtually every country on the planet.”
  • “More than 90,000 unique PC or tablet models have upgraded to Windows 10.”
  • “In response to “tell me a joke”, Cortana has told over half a million jokes since launch.”
  • “Windows Store for Windows 10 has seen 6X more app downloads per device than Windows 8.”
  • "More than 122 years of gameplay have streamed from Xbox One to Windows 10 devices.
  • "10 million achievements unlocked: Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta"
  • "Windows Store for Windows 10 has seen 6X more app downloads per device than Windows 8."
  • "Over 2,000 organizations vying to win the global partner."
  • "Even some devices manufactured in 2007 have upgraded to Windows 10."- Source

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The stats do look impressive, especially with regards to gaming where 122 years of gameplay has been streamed from the Xbox One to Windows 10 devices. Compared to Windows 8, six times the amount of app downloads bodes well for the growth of Windows 10 in the mobile section.

Windows 10 has some great features for gamers and I’ve done a comprehensive guide to gaming on Microsoft’s new OS. At the time of writing, there is no clear indication as to how many gamers are using Windows 10. Maybe the 75 million is largely home and office users? We will find out soon enough, as in a couple of day’s time, Steam will release a new monthly report on what percentage of its user base use a specific operating system. Even though Windows 10 was only out three days when the July report was published, it gained 3.22% of total Steam users.

Do you think Windows 10 will surpass Windows 7? How much of Windows 10’s first month success can be attributed to the free upgrade? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Source: Twitter

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