Newsletter Issue #818: The Windows 10 Report: Less is Less

August 3rd, 2015

The first official release of Windows 10 went live for some Microsoft customers on July 29th. I say some, because Microsoft is making the upgrade available for download in stages. The first group includes those who signed up for the Windows Insider program and got a crack at the beta versions. The rest will be notified when the update is available for them to retrieve.

I’m not certain why Microsoft is doing it this way except, perhaps, to reduce the load on their server farms. Still, they claim 14 million downloaded Windows 10 on the very first day. That might seem quite impressive to Mac users, but remember that there are an estimated 1.5 billion devices on which Windows is installed. The last figures for the Mac that I read about were closer to the 70-75 million range. So while Apple is growing share, there are lots of Windows users to convert before the PC era is over and it no longer matters.

In short, Microsoft’s initial download figure isn’t really that high. I’m more interested in seeing when it hits the 100 million level.

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