With Windows 10 being announced just weeks ago, over a million people have already signed up to test Microsoft’s upcoming operating system.
I have to hand it to Microsoft. Windows 8 was a stonking great disaster because they tried to do what they ‘thought’ we wanted, actually alienating many of us in the process. With Windows 10, the new operating system that they announced a few weeks ago, not only did they actually listen to our concerns and bring back most of the features we asked for, but they also prepared the Windows Insider Program. Meant to give tech enthusiasts, developers and critics alike a chance to poke holes into their new OS, the Windows Insider Program gives us an early chance to see what Windows 10 will look like when it launches next year. The WIP seems to be going well too as Microsoft has revealed that over 1 million people have signed up.
That doesn’t mean that 1 million people are running around with Windows 10 installed on their machines though, but as the WIP is the only (legal) way to gain access to the operating system, it’s a pretty good indication of how many people want to have at it. Furthermore, Microsoft is also fairly certain that people are genuinely using it (as opposed to downloading it just for bragging rights) as 64% are using Windows 10 on actual PCs and 36% are using it on Virtual Machines which suggests that plenty of people are using it in their day to day.
This actually quite large pool of early Windows 10 testers is actively helping the OS become better for the rest of us too. Microsoft adds that they’ve gathered over 200,000 pieces of feedback from testers. Granted, that could be anything from ‘Windows 10 sux!!11!!’ to genuine responses but it bodes well given how much the company failed to listen last time with Windows 8.
We’ll keep you posted once we know more.