Windows 10 installation exceeds 14 million marks
Microsoft Blog reports more than 14 million installations worldwide in first 24 hours, plans to expand further
Two days after launching Windows 10, Microsoft announced via the Windows Blog that it now has more than 14 million devices running the new operating system. Youssef Mehdi, corporate VP of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, said in a blog post that Microsoft still “needs to upgrade a lot more before the upgrade saved reaches everyone.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadela had earlier said that Windows 10 aims to reach 1 billion devices worldwide, with the vision of becoming a universal platform for different devices. While it remains to be seen whether Windows 10 will achieve the goals that Microsoft stated before its launch, it is a good start, and most reviews have been positive. In addition to Visual Revamp, Windows 10 Start Menu returns, a little rearrangement of icons and faster, smoother use, multitasking view, Edge (a host of usability upgrades like replacing the old Internet Explorer browser), Cortana (although it hasn’t come here for India yet), And a few more upgrades over the very messy Windows 8.
With plans to make Windows 10 a universal platform for PC, mobile, gaming console and virtual reality setup, Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 10 for phones in the near future. In a recent interview, Satya Nadella mentioned that Windows 10 for phones will be a seamless part of the Windows 10 experience, and the Continuum feature will transform a Windows 10-powered smartphone into a functional PC when connected to a large display, keyboard and mouse.
Microsoft’s current strategy is to maximize its reach by distributing free Windows 10 to all existing devices, including the licensing version for the new. As part of this, even pirated installations of Windows 7 or 8 will be eligible for the upgrade, although there will be a pirated tag on the display and frequent pop-ups to disrupt usage. Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 is the ‘final’ version of Windows, and future upgrades will only be rolled out to this platform. It also plans to phase out support for Windows 7 and 8, thus speeding up its entire user base with Windows 10.
So far, it’s spreading Windows 10 fast and widely.