Pretty remarkable numbers posted less than a month after the operating system’s general release, although some probably expected the 100M milestone to be reached by now.
Despite what the vast majority of PC users and market analysts seem to consider a triumph of software evolution for a recently struggling tech giant, Microsoft has insisted on secrecy regarding Windows 10 adoption these past few weeks.
The only mention to activation figures was posted on the company’s blog within 24 hours of the new platform build’s commercial launch, and gauged the initial consumer response as “unprecedented”, with 14 million devices then running Windows 10.
From there, rumors quickly escalated to improbable 67 or 100 mil digits, while our best, most plausible guess circled 50M early last week. In all probability, that assumption was spot-on, as Corporate Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group Yusuf Mehdi took to Twitter yesterday to release ten “fun facts” about the trendy new OS iteration.
It turns out “more than 75 million devices” are “running Windows 10 – and growing every day.” The phrasing suggests all 75M computers are currently on 8.1’s follow-up, but the number may well include those systems that experimented with 10 and were downgraded in the meantime.
Otherwise, we can’t explain why StatCounter estimates Win 10’s desktop OS global share at just 6.34 percent on August 26 after the operating system accounted for 6.55 percent of the pie ten days back. That’s certainly not a good sign for Redmond, as it’s way too early for 10 to already be losing steam.
Oh, well, back to Mehdi’s likely inflated claims, it appears “even some devices manufactured in 2007 have upgraded to Windows 10”, and “more than 90,000 unique PC or tablet models have upgraded to Windows 10.”
Relevance, you ask? These are “fun facts”, remember? They’re not supposed to define the platform’s success and promise in pertinent stats. After all, the top ten list also includes the number of jokes delivered by Cortana thus far – over half a million.