MICROSOFT'S BOUNCING BABY Windows 10 has grown faster in two weeks than its predecessor managed in its first six months.
In the two weeks since release, the new 'Windows-as-a-service' has been installed on an estimated 27 million machines, or 3.78 of the market, according to analysts at StatCounter. This is up from 0.39 percent from the beginning of the month. In the UK, the uptake is even speedier, with 7.56 percent of machines updated.
That means that Windows 10 is already beating Windows 8 (not including 8.1).
Digging back into the INQ archives we can see that it took until April 2013 - a full six months after release to hit this saturation, according to Netmarketshare.
As the great hope for a Microsoft revival, following the lukewarm reception for the tile-clad predecessor, this bodes well. With another three weeks before the next Netmarketshare figures, there is a realistic chance that Windows 10 will overtake Windows 8 marketshare within the first month.
The combined Windows 8.x marketshare for July was just 15.86 percent, and with so many users still waiting for their upgrade, there is every chance that Windows 8.x will be annihilated by its successor within months, leaving it as a footnote in history like Vista before it.
Windows 10 has achieved near universal acclaim for its blending of familiar and new elements. Demand for the new OS is such that Microsoft servers have been, at times, overwhelmed. Users have been advised that their upgrade request could take "weeks" and even once installed, it could take time to activate the free upgrade licence.
Mozilla, makers of the popular open source Firefox browser, isn't so impressed, and has already made it clear that it is not amused by Windows 10 with an open letter to CEO Satya Nadella criticising the company's move to a process of silent, background security updates.
Microsoft has described the enormity of the task of offering free updates to Windows 10 as akin to "buying pizza for 1.5 billion people". µ
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