Microsoft's Tuesday hardware announcement event began with the usual discussion of giant product-usage numbers, including the number of webpages served by the new Microsoft Edge browser (650 billion) and the number of questions asked to digital assistant Cortana (over one billion). One of those figures wound up being mentioned repeatedly by various Microsoft executives: 110 million.
That's how many machines Windows 10 has been installed on "in eight weeks," according to Microsoft Devices lead engineer Panos Panay. Last we heard, the company had announced a first-month install tally of 75 million, so, carry the one... that's another 35 million in Windows 10's second month. As we discussed in September, we assume that the vast majority of those upgrades have come from Microsoft's free-upgrade program from both Windows 7 and Windows 8, but the total result is still a further narrowing of the gap between installed versions of Windows. That's good news for Microsoft.
The current tally, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, includes a "unified platform" that supports everything "from HoloLens to Raspberry Pi." Should Microsoft go so far as to classify all Xbox One systems as "Windows 10 devices" when its dashboard gets a Win10-flavored update before the end of this year, the number of Windows 10 installs may further skyrocket before 2016 rolls around.