Windows 10 reaches 75m downloads
Microsoft releases figures on OS’ first-month performance
Windows 10's downloads have grown to 75m in its first month, with "numbers continuing to grow every day", according to Microsoft, indicating a stronger opening for the OS than for its much-maligned predecessor, Windows 8.
Redmond's latest operating system launched on 29 July and within 24 hours the company claimed it had been downloaded to 14m machines. Microsoft also claimed the OS reached a peak of 1,500 downloads per second during its first week. It also said Windows Store for Windows 10 "has seen six times more downloads per device than Windows 8".
The rollout so far has been restricted to PCs, but the mobile version is expected to be unleashed later this year. Downloads and installation for legacy Windows 7 and 8.x users are free, a first for Microsoft, which, in the days before Satya Nadella's stewardship, saw Windows licences as a prime source of revenue.
"More than 90,000 unique PCs or tablet models have been upgraded to Windows 10 in 192 countries: nearly every country on the planet," Microsoft said in a statement. "Even some devices manufactured in 2007 have upgraded to Windows 10."
The company also shared data about Xbox One. Users of the console system have, according to Microsoft, streamed nearly 122 years of gameplay to Windows 10 PCs.
Microsoft is still aiming to have Windows 10 installed on over 1bn devices in the next three years, according to a statement.
The company's claimed momentum for Windows 10 could not be independently verified, but gels with estimates earlier this week of a respectable 6% share of the global desktop PC market for the fledgling OS. The figures were disclosed by Web monitoring service StatCounter, which watches 3m websites worldwide to estimate OS market share.
In the early days of August, fan forum WindowsCentral claimed it had been in touch with a Microsoft insider who said the Windows 10 install base had hit 67m by 31 July.
Windows 10's real test will come when the mobile version of the OS becomes available. Only then will it be apparent if Microsoft can climb back to the pinnacle of the overall OS market. To achieve this, Redmond will need to deliver on its pledge of making more Android apps compatible with Windows and expanding the relatively small mobile apps ecosystem for Windows.