Over 110 million devices are now running on Windows 10, Microsoft revealed. The company describes the success as "the hottest start in history."
A day after its launch, Windows 10 had 14 million installs, which dwarfs the figures of previous Windows operating system releases. The pleasing aesthetics, removal of the tiled start screen from Windows 8, revival of the classic Windows desktop start menu button, Cortana, better boot times, DX 12 support and free upgrade are some of the key factors why it was highly anticipated and why so many users opted for Windows 10.
A month after its release, Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of marketing for Windows Devices and OS, reported that Windows 10 managed to find its way into more than 75 million devices across 192 countries.
"More than 75 million devices running Windows 10—and growing every day," tweeted Mehdi.
— Yusuf Mehdi (@yusuf_i_mehdi) August 26, 2015
"Windows 10 is running in 192 countries, virtually every country on the planet," he added.
2. #Windows10: Windows 10 is running in 192 countries, virtually every country on the planet. 2/10 pic.twitter.com/GcAzAd501T — Yusuf Mehdi (@yusuf_i_mehdi) August 26, 2015
In September, Windows 10 captured 6.63 percent of the desktop operating market share. It ranked higher than Mac OS X 10.10 and Windows 8. It was, however, still behind Windows 8.1, Windows XP and Windows 7, with the last registering 56.53 percent by itself, reports Net Applications, a company that specializes in data analytics and fraud protection.
During the Windows 10 event on Oct. 6, where new devices running on Windows 10, such as the new Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and the latest Nokia Lumia smartphones, were unveiled, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is now powering 110 million devices across the globe.
"I'm personally humbled and excited to see people around the world loving Windows 10," wrote Terry Myerson, Microsoft executive vice president for the Operating Systems group. "Thank you for your feedback—the team and I love reading it and using it to help us shape the future of Windows."
Myerson noted that more than 8 million businesses are using Windows 10, which reflects a good response from IT professionals. He also reported positive responses from developers and the total of 1.25 billion visits made to the Windows Store.