More than 14 million devices are running Windows 10 after launch day according to a recent blog post on the official Blogging Windows blog.
As we’ve shared, our top priority has been ensuring that everyone has a great upgrade experience, so, we are carefully rolling out Windows 10 in phases, delivering Windows 10 first to our Windows Insiders. While we now have more than 14 million devices running Windows 10, we still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade
Microsoft did not reveal if it included Windows Insider systems in that figure but since it simply stated "are running Windows 10", it is likely that these systems are included.
It was clear almost immediately that Windows 10 would be of to a good start when Microsoft announced the free upgrade offer for Windows 7 and Windows 8 products.
How do the 14 million devices compare to previous launches? While we don't have any figures for day 1 installations of Windows 7 or Windows 8, Microsoft did reveal information in the past that help drawing a comparison.
Windows 8, the predecessor of Windows 10, sold 100 million licenses in the first 6 months and 200 million licenses in the first 15 months after the operating system's launch.
Windows 7, arguably one of the most successful Microsoft operating systems of all time, sold 100 million licenses in the first 6 months after launch.
In case you are wondering, Microsoft sold 20 million Vista licenses during the first month after release.
Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 in the market, and while you could simply compare figures between operating systems, it is not entirely fair to do so.
First and foremost, the previous figures are all for licenses sold while Microsoft's Windows 10 revelation are for devices running the operating system.
Second, Windows 10 is provided as a free offer to many existing Windows users, and Microsoft went to great length to promote this fact on those computer systems.
The availability of retail Windows 10 devices is limited at this point in time which suggests that the majority of devices running the operating system have accepted Microsoft's offer.
The company notes however that the delivery via Windows Update is not complete yet and that "many more upgrades" need to be processed before it completes as Windows 10 is rolled out in phases.
It is likely that Windows 10 will be the fastest growing Windows operating system of all time thanks to Microsoft's free offer and its promotion.
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