Microsoft: 75 Million Windows 10 Downloads and Counting
Microsoft (MSFT) offered up some statistics about Windows 10’s first month of downloads, highlighted by the vendor hitting the 75 million mark in worldwide downloads, with some three years still left to reach its goal of 1 billion installations by 2018.
To commemorate the number, Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft Windows and Devices marketing corporate vice president, posted a Windows 10 list of 10 facts via Twitter. Here’s the portion of the list, in Mehdi’s words, not including the aforementioned 75 million downloads pertaining directly to the OS:
- 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
- Even some devices manufactured in 2007 have upgraded to Windows 10
- 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
- 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
Microsoft released Windows 10 on July 29 and some 24 hours later said the OS already had been installed on 14 million devices worldwide.
A WinBeta report last week said Windows 10 installations had eclipsed the 50 million mark, doubling in number from only a week earlier. Microsoft is said to have stepped up the volume of downloads to systems and devices as it continues to phase in the software to users in waves.
Still, a few weeds have sprouted among the roses. Last week, some new data emerged suggesting Windows 10’s growth may have ebbed, as ComputerWorld reported. StatCounter said that Windows 10’s usage share had dropped from 6.6 percent at the beginning of the week to 5.7 percent a few days later. Week-over-week increases also fell under 20 percent for the first time, StatCounter said.
Even so, obviously it’s far too early to say if a few days of a declining adoption rate make a trend.
Microsoft reportedly is working on a system update to Windows 10 code-named Threshold 2, slated to launch in October. The update reportedly will include a new universal Messaging app, extensions and other improvement to the Edge browser, and updates to the Universal App Platform.