MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED that there are now 110 million machines running Windows 10 around the world.
The figure represents a significant slowdown in uptake from the 75 million in month one, and 100 million in month two.
Not that this should be considered a significant criticism. A drop off after the initial surge was always likely, and to reach a six-digit figure in 10 weeks demands respect. The new Windows Vista, this is not.
The news was announced by Windows supremo Terry Myerson as part of the latest Microsoft event, which saw the launch of an iPad-killing laptop, the Surface Book, along with two new Lumia handsets for people whose faith hasn't been rocked by the ongoing delays to the arrival of Windows 10 Mobile.
Blogging after the event, Myerson added: "I'm humbled and excited to see people around the world loving Windows 10. Thank you for your feedback - the team and I love reading it and using it to help us shape the future of Windows.
"We’re seeing a great response from IT professionals, with over eight million business PCs already running Windows 10."
This month's figures from Netmarketshare show that Windows 10 has risen around 1.5 percentage points to 6.42 percent of the global market. It may seem at first glance that this is quite low for 110 million devices, but you have to take into account that enterprise rollout for Windows 10 hasn't really begun yet, and less than 10 percent of installations are in the enterprise sector.
Additionally there are large territories where the installations are predominated by the theoretically expired XP, users of which are not getting a free upgrade to Windows 10.
Tthe company recently announced a hybrid version of Windows 10 in conjunction with Chinese search engine firm Baidu, designed to appease the concerns of the country's heavily censorious government, but even so the authorities have been working on their own Linux distro which will knock a dent in the number of potential enterprise customers. µ
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