Over 14 Million Devices Running Windows 10

Windows 10 is the first time Microsoft has offered a free upgrade for existing customers.

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday said that more than 14 million devices are running Windows 10 in the first 24 hours of the operating system’s release. It is a strong first-day number—until you realize there are billions of PCs out there.

Yusuf Mehdi, a VP in the Microsoft’s Windows and devices group, called it “unprecedented demand” and said there are plenty more upgrades to go. The Windows 10 rollout is taking place in waves, starting with people who signed up for the company’s Windows Insider plan and “reserved” a copy—that is, signaled interest in upgrading weeks ago.

“We still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade,” the company said in a public post. Users will be notified once their PC is ready, and it has been downloaded.

The OS is free for people running legitimate versions of Windows 7 and 8.1. In his review, the WSJ’s Geoffrey Fowler said the new features and capabilities make it a worthy upgrade, even for people with older PCs.

Windows 10 is the first time Microsoft has offered a free upgrade for existing customers.

Windows 8, the previous version launched in 2012, alienated users with a confusing mishmash of PC and tablet conventions. Rather than upgrading, many companies stuck with earlier versions of Windows that are, by now, at least six years old. Meanwhile, workers shifted to smartphones or other non-Windows devices for many tasks, prompting some corporate technology managers to let slide their desktop software and hardware updates.

For Windows 10, Microsoft went all-out to turn around perceptions among corporate customers. For the better part of a year, it distributed in-progress versions to companies and gathered their feedback, and it sought input from developers of Windows-based business software that help sell its products to companies large and small. It gave special attention to business-focused features such as security and simpler ways to manage fleets of workplace PCs.

Changes in Windows 10 include the Microsoft Store apps on the desktop, the return of the start menu, and the ability to use many desktops.



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