Windows 10 Reportedly Surpasses 100 Million Installs Worldwide

Nearly two months after launching to the general public, it's estimated that Windows 10 is now installed on more than 100 million machines. If that's even close to accurate, Microsoft can breath a sigh of relief knowing that its latest version of Windows -- and its last monolithic release -- won't follow in the same footsteps as Windows 8/8.1.

To be clear, the 100 million claim isn't one made by Microsoft, not yet anyway. It's based on information that Petri's Brad Sams obtained from his "insider sources." However, it's not difficult to imagine Windows 10 surpassing the 100 million milestone, as the last official word from Microsoft has the OS boasting 75 million installs less than a month after its debut.

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That would mean Windows 10 added around 25 million new installs to its belt in the last month. Totally conceivable, especially since Microsoft is still giving the OS away as a free upgrade to existing Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users (and will continue to do so for its first year of release).

More so than ever before, it's imperative to Microsoft's long-term strategy that Windows 10 find its way onto as many machines as possible. With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft transitioned to a Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) business model. That means instead of releasing major new versions of Windows every so often, security and feature upgrades will be doled out on a continual basis.

The thinking behind that move is that Microsoft will generate revenue from services that tie into Windows 10, such as Office 365, Skype, OneDrive, and so forth. Whether or not that strategy ultimately works is something we'll have to examine in another year or so.