Since most companies run most of their business on the Windows operating system, we take note today of Microsoft’s progress in rolling out the new version, Windows 10, now at its six month mark, as described in a recent post from Gregg Keizer at ComputerWorld,
Keizer’s article, using data supplied by Net Applications, validates that Microsoft has already corralled almost 200 million users into its newest Windows operating system. Growth took off in January, and Windows 10 now commands a 13% share of all Windows installations, while in January Microsoft saw its biggest month-over-month increase since the month following the product’s inception.
Six months in, Windows 10 is increasing its growth at a rate slightly better even than Windows 7 did six months after its introduction.
All told, Microsoft is 20% of its way to its overall goal of one billion Windows 10 users by mid-2018.
And the rate may accelerate soon: Three months ago Microsoft said that it would begin to automatically serve the Windows 10 upgrade to most consumer and small business Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs in “early 2016.” Microsoft plans to start by adding the Windows 10 upgrade as an ‘optional item’ to the Windows Update tool. That’s usually a first-step precursor to eventually listing the upgrade as an automatic download.
So far, neither step has been taken – yet.
And by the way, the product is still free.