Windows 10 now runs on 50 million computers, a report reveals
Windows 10 was released a fortnight ago, on July 29th, and has seen a positive response amongst users.
It took Microsoft over 10 months of testing “Technical Preview Builds” and a lot of feedback from members of the Insider Program to deliver a superb operating system.
As you may be aware, the biggest highlight of Windows 10, is that it is available as a free upgrade for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users, as long the license is genuine. Many users have upgraded to the new operating system, while some are very skeptical about upgrading to Windows 10, especially Windows 7 users. You can’t really blame them for hesitating, since Windows 8 was a miserable failure thanks to the lack of the Start Menu and the presence of the Metro UI (apps and tiles).
I have seen many comments from Windows 7 users, who say they dislike the Start Menu in Windows 10, because it is not as user friendly, as their own operating system. If you do remove the tiles from the right pane, the Start Menu is quite good, but still lacks native folders for apps. You can try one of our recommended Start Menu replacement apps, which will provide a Windows 7-like experience on Windows 10.
But Microsoft thinks these are minor hurdles, and reportedly targets a whopping 1 Billion installs of Windows 10 by the year 2017. A couple of months ago, during the testing phase of the Insider Preview Builds, the Redmond Company revealed that over 5 million users were part of the Insider Program, and that these numbers were of the active users.
That number has grown ten fold, and Windows 10 now runs on 50 million computers, a report by WinBeta reveals. What’s surprising in those stats is that a week ago, Windows 10 had just half of the aforementioned number of users. This can be attributed to the Windows 10 upgrade which us still rolling out in phases to eligible users.
Another interesting report is that Microsoft, will release a new update in October. It will be the first major “non-patch” update for the OS. It has been codenamed Threshold 2, which is similar to the final build of Windows 10 called Threshold, which also happens to be the codename of “Windows 10” itself. Threshold 2 is touted to include new features such as Extensions for Microsoft Edge, a new Messaging app (universal app).
Microsoft had promised to deliver extensions support with the final build of Windows 10, but we can speculate that the feature was pushed back, as the Redmond company was focused on eradicating bugs in the OS.