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First Month of Windows 10 by the Numbers

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Microsoft marketing chief Yusuf Mehdi says that more than 75 million devices now run Microsoft Windows 10 since it became available July 29. Mehdi posted the figure this morning on Twitter.

Things have apparently picked up for Redmond’s latest OS offering. After the first week of availability, Microsoft quoted Windows 10 installs at 14 million devices. Today’s count represents a four-fold increase in under a month.

Some other interesting Windows 10-related figures:

  • Windows 10 is running in 192 countries. There are 189-196 countries in the world, depending on who you ask.
  • Windows 10 installed on more than 90,000 unique PC and tablet models. NeweggBusiness has a combined 10,900 SKUs in our desktop PC, laptops / notebooks, and tablet stores.
  • Some of these Windows 10 devices were manufactured as early as 2007, Mehdi says, which explains why they are not in our stores.
  • If you have a Sony VAIO, well, sorry. Windows 10 drivers reportedly will not be ready until. October.
  • Cortana, the Windows 10 personal assistant, has cracked over half a million jokes.
  • Windows Store has been busier with Windows 10 to the tune of six times more app downloads per device than Windows 8.

Not all metrics indicate fast growth for Windows 10, however.  CIO-Today cites StatCounter’s figures that show adoption rates declining slightly over the course of the August, peaking at 5.84 percent mid-month and dipping last week to 5.34 percent. Windows 7 usage has held steady since launch at around 50 percent of Windows users. The numbers seem to show Windows 10 adoption has come from mostly Windows 8 users; combined usage of Windows 8 and 8.1 has dipped from 18.32 to 15.46.

Microsoft executives have their eyes set on a billion users on Windows 10 within two to three years. At this rate this goal will be achieved in 13 months.

Users that have upgraded to Windows 10 are giving resounding approval for the operating system. According to a “love or hate” report by International Business times, 92 percent of Windows 10 users are loving the new OS.  Cortana is the most loved feature, followed by the Edge Browser and the re-born Start Menu.

Windows 10 adoption has not been a bed of roses by any means. Well-publicized concerns about how the operating system collects and reports user data came out front and center in its first month. If you are one to read the comments section in news articles, you are aware of the firestorm of emotions surrounding this.

In the workplace, business users first started getting a taste for how Windows Update for Business will work. Microsoft announced the rules last week to enterprise users, who have up to a year to apply software updates and security fixes as they become available. Essentially, if businesses fail to adopt a 12-month or shorter update schedule users will not be eligible to receive future updates.

The numbers for business user adoption have not become available just yet. Traditionally, business users and IT wait at least 1-2 years to roll out a new operating system. There is some data that suggests IT departments might be faster to adopt Windows 10 than with past operating systems, but this remains to be seen this early in the cycle.

All in all, it has been a solid first month. Not quite the level of excitement we saw from the halcyon days of Windows 95, but things appear to be on track.

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First Month of Windows 10 by the Numbers
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First Month of Windows 10 by the Numbers
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More than 75 million devices now run Microsoft Windows 10 since it became available July 29. Here are some other interesting Windows 10-related figures.
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Adam Lovinus

Adam Lovinus

A tech writer and Raspberry Pi enthusiast from Orange County, California.

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