Windows 10 Spreads to Over 75 Million Devices in Less Than a Month

Microsoft said Wednesday that Windows 10 has spread to more than 75 million devices since the new operating system was released less than a month ago.

The US software colossus is intent on seeing the new-generation operating system aimed at computers, mobile and other devices running on a billion gadgets.

Windows 10 is powering more than 90,000 different computer and tablet models, including some that date back to the year 2007, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of marketing for Windows and devices, Yusuf Mehdi, said in a series of tweets.

More than 75 million devices now run the software, with the number “growing every day,” he said.

Some 14 million people installed the Windows 10 operating system in the first 24 hours following its release on July 29 in what Microsoft touted as an “overwhelmingly positive” debut.

The stakes are high for Microsoft as it pushes out the new operating system for both traditional computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

The company is hoping the new system can help it gain traction in the mobile sector, where it lags behind Google Android and Apple iOS, and in emerging technologies for computing.

Windows 10 to which Microsoft skipped directly from Windows 8 which got a lackluster response is being offered as a free upgrade for most devices, making it possible to be available quickly on billions of devices.

It will allow for voice, pen and gesture input, and in some cases biometric identification for improved security.

Word of the spread of Windows 10 to devices in 192 countries came as market tracker International Data Corporation forecast that worldwide personal computer shipments will fall by 8.7 percent this year and continue to slide through next year.

“Although the shortcomings of the PC business are obvious, a silver lining is that the industry has continued to refine the more mobile aspects of personal computers – contributing to higher growth in Convertible and Ultraslim Notebooks,” said IDC senior research analyst Jay Chou.

“The de-emphasis of touch on Windows 10 also paves the way for a more familiar experience and continuing unit growth on large-screen systems, particularly All-in-One PCs.”

New Windows 10 Preview Build Released With Memory Improvements

What’s new in Windows 10? Just ask any Windows Insider user. Microsoft has made available a new preview build of its latest desktop operating system to beta testers. Dubbed 10525, the new Windows 10 build comes with a number of interesting changes that users had requested from the company. The update is already available for Windows Insider users on the “Fast ring” lane.

The company says that it has received plenty of feedback over the colour options for Windows 10. In the new build, it said, it is giving users more flexibility in choosing the UI colour. You can be find the option in Settings > Personalisation > Colors, and by selecting Show color on Start, task bar, and action center. The colour now also reflects on the title bar of applications.

Microsoft says that it is also testing out memory improvements in Windows, which could reduce the amount of memory used by a process. This would allow the operating system to store more applications on physical memory (which significantly improves the speed) resulting in improved user experience. If this works, we might see fewer modern applications resuming after being left idle for a few minutes.

Readers should note there are some glitches in the new build. The built-in mobile hotspot feature, for instance, doesn’t work on this build, and the Movies & TV application requires an update to patch the video playback issue. Also if you use optional languages, those will need to be re-installed manually on your computer.

What to expect next? These features will eventually arrive for Windows Insider users in “Slow ring” lane. And if users like these changes, Microsoft will likely introduce it to regular Windows 10 users in an upcoming update. The company says that it plans to test support for extensions in its Edge browser, and a new Messaging application in a coming build