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Windows 10 stats: 75 million devices, 6x more app downloads per device

So how is Windows 10 doing? Microsoft has been rather tight lipped until now about the operating system's overall distribution and related figures. The only figure that Microsoft released was that Windows 10 was running on more than 14 million devices after the day the operating system launched.

Almost every person I talked to agreed that the free upgrade offer helped fuel the usage share rise of Windows 10 significantly but without official figures, it was not possible to compare it to the performance of previous versions of Windows.

This changed yesterday when Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, went on a Twitter writing spree and posted information about the operating system.

According to him, Windows 10 has been installed on more than 75 million devices almost one month after launch.

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How does it compare to previous versions of Windows?

Microsoft sold 100 million Windows 7 and Windows 8 licenses in the first six months after launch. If you consider Windows 10's current performance, it is clear that it will beat those easily.

One needs to take into account though that Windows 10 is offered as a free upgrade while Windows 7 and 8 were only offered with discounts in the beginning.

It is clear that the free offer is giving Windows 10 a headstart and that it will -- very likely -- beat both previous versions of Windows when it comes to usage share in the foreseeable future.

Windows Store

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Mehdi revealed that Windows Store application downloads are six times higher per device on Windows 10 than on Microsoft's previous operating system Windows 8.

It is unclear if Windows 8 includes Windows 8.1 or if Windows 8 downloads have been counted exclusively.

It is clear nevertheless that users seem to use the Store more than on Windows 8. Considering that the apps offered in Store are nearly identical to those offered on Windows 8, it is unclear why that is the case.

Microsoft launched a re-designed Store in Windows 10 (which I don't like a lot due to limitations in regards to discovering new applications) which may have contributed to that as it puts the focus on high quality apps.

Remaining

The remaining "fun facts" are not nearly as interesting:

  1. Windows 10 is running in 192 countries.
  2. More than 90,000 unique PC or tablet models have upgraded to Windows 10.
  3. Including some devices from 2007.
  4. More than 122 years of gameplay have streamed from Xbox One to Windows 10 devices.
  5. 10 million achievements unlocked: Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition.
  6. In response to "tell me a joke", Cortana has told over half a million jokes since launch.
  7. Over 2000 organizations vying to win the global partner slot in 'UpgradeYourWorld.

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    Comments

    1. Dave said on August 27, 2015 at 2:45 pm
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      This is why big companies spy on you now. Because it doesn’t affect their customer base at all.

    2. Pants said on August 27, 2015 at 3:13 pm
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      “In response to “tell me a joke”, Cortana has told over half a million jokes since launch.”
      – Martin Brinkmann has cleared his phone of all German names. It is now Hans free.

    3. Jeff said on August 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm
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      “Free” plus “shoved down your throat” are two components that will certainly add up to a lot of installs. W10 is data-mining monster that MS wants on as many PC’s as possible, and they have been practically force-feeding it to people. The ‘masses’ see ‘click here for a free update!’ and windows update does the rest. These numbers are hardly surprising.

    4. theMike said on August 27, 2015 at 7:09 pm
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      do they have stats on machines that rolled back (or tried) to their previous OS? There’s an option to do it and .old was still there but it won’t work.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 27, 2015 at 7:17 pm
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        I’m certain they have stats but they have not released any.

        1. theMike said on August 27, 2015 at 11:23 pm
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          my only real concern with that is in 30 days will my Windows 7 license be invalid because I couldn’t return to Windows 7 via Windows 10.

    5. Mystique said on August 27, 2015 at 7:37 pm
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      Its clear people have conditioned themselves to not only expect rubbish but accept it also.

      I honestly wonder if Linux distro’s have seen an increase in downloads also.

    6. hirobo2 said on August 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm
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      Wasn’t it also Win7’s market share also INCREASED the same time Win10’s skyrocketed? Or at least that’s what I read, but can’t remember from where…

    7. Neal said on August 28, 2015 at 7:08 am
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      “It is clear nevertheless that users seem to use the Store more than on Windows 8. Considering that the apps offered in Store are nearly identical to those offered on Windows 8, it is unclear why that is the case.”

      It is b/c the store is integrated more smoothly than Windows 8. In Windows 8, if you use a Metro apps it kicks you out of desktop and into the metro start screen and goes full screen which is disorientating. So I assume people just ignored the Metro side and stick exclusively to desktop in Windows 8. It is also front and center in the Windows 10 start menu so I guess a lot of users are finding it convenient.

      In Windows 10, they at least can be minimized and windowed properly like a desktop application so no disorientation and you can comfortably use Win32/desktop with metro apps together. The Windows Store quality is still laughable, but some the big apps like Netflix are pretty decent and some of the default Windows 10 apps are ok too.

    8. TechnoSam said on August 28, 2015 at 11:20 am
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      Ii was a windows user since a decade but after installing windows10 i just noticed that something is really going wrong. so i decided to install linux mint. and trust me, its much batter than this nightmare(win10).
      for gammers they should know that GTA is also working on linux(with wine software).
      i hope everybody will stop using windows os or atleast dont support those microsoft crap products.
      now they are also targeting to those old windows os users so that they can add telementry data collection virus and spy on them too. shame on you Micro. shame on you.

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