Report: Microsoft Windows 10 May Have Crested 50 Million Installs Worldwide
Installations of Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows 10 operating system may have eclipsed the 50 million mark, less than one month out from the heralded software’s launch, according to a new report.
The number of installed downloads has doubled in the past week, according to a WinBeta report, with Microsoft 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.
In addition, Microsoft reportedly is working on a system update to Windows 10 code-named Threshold 2, slated to launch in October. WinBeta reported that the update will include a new universal Messaging app, extensions and other improvement to the Edge browser, updates to the Universal App Platform.
The spike to 50 million downloads is a big move after Windows 10 downloads reached some 14 million copies in the first 24 hours of availability. Those downloads went off pretty much without a hitch both with content delivery providers (CDNs) and Internet service providers (ISPs).
If the current 50 million download number is accurate, it’s still but a small percentage of the expected overall volume Microsoft is shooting for in terms of number of installs on systems and devices worldwide. To put the 50 million downloads in its proper perspective, it’s 5 percent of the one billion Windows 10 installations Microsoft has said it wants worldwide by 2018.
Microsoft hasn’t updated the Windows 10 download count since the vendor first announced the 14 million figure. The day after the OS launched, Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft Windows and Devices Group corporate vice president, wrote in a blog post that Microsoft still has “many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade.”
“We appreciate everyone who has upgraded to Windows 10 and we appreciate everyone who will upgrade in the days and weeks ahead as we make our way toward one billion devices running Windows 10 in the next few years,” he wrote.
And, in a nod to Windows-as-a-Service, Mehdi reminded users that Microsoft is “committed to making [Windows 10] better and better with ongoing innovations and security updates.”
Microsoft earlier this week pushed its now-regular Tuesday update to Windows 10 users, a security fix (3088903 MS 15-093) related to the Internet Explorer browser.
In the wake of the vendor’s first Windows 10 update following the July 29 launch, some users reported that the new code forced their PCs into the dreaded endless loop of crashes and reboots. The KB3081424 update in some cases crashed in mid-download, prompting the system to reboot and the update to roll back to the beginning where it began again to try to install, according to reports.