Downloads of Windows 10 continue to rise as Microsoft targets one billion users
Windows 10 is now running on more than 75 million devices and on 90,000 unique models, including some dating back from 2007, a month after it was made available as a free upgrade.
Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft corporate vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, revealed the figures in a series of Tweets, which also claimed the latest version of the operating system was being used in 192 countries.
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Windows 7 and 8 consumer users can download Windows 10 for free as part of Microsoft’s mission to get Windows 10 running on more than one billion devices, while businesses are also being encouraged to upgrade.
A recent TechWeekEurope poll showed that 75 percent of readers plan to download Windows 10, which has been greeted by a strong critical response.
Among the new features are Cortana integration, the new Microsoft Edge browser and biometric security, while Windows 10 will adapt to whatever type of system it is running on through Continuum. The release also heralds the return of the much-missed Start Menu.
Whereas Windows 8 was pitched as the saviour of the PC market and Microsoft’s attempt to secure a share of the tablet market, analysts say Windows 10 is about reaching as many devices as possible, providing itself and developers with a huge user base to target, especially in the Internet of Things.
A mobile version of Windows 10 will be released later this year, replacing Windows Phone, with the promise it will work just as well on the small screen as it does on PC and tablet.