Almost 500,000 users run Windows 10 Tech Preview daily
Microsoft wanted to remind us all about Windows 10 before heading off for the holidays and to let us know that they have not forgotten their Windows Insiders, especially since they haven't released a new Preview build for this month. Surprisingly Microsoft have acknowledged that some internal builds escaped (builds 9888 & 9901, but they will break the upgrade process if you install them).
Interesting statistics abound about the success of the Windows Insider Program, how this is the most used beta that Microsoft have ever made. Perhaps the most staggering off statistics is that just shy of 500,000 users are running the Windows 10 Technical Preview as their daily driver - the operating system on their main machine.
In addition there are about 1.5 million Windows Insiders registered who are also providing feedback on the Operating System - far more than ever took place in the Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 Beta or Developer Preview period
This is fantastic news for Microsoft because that hardcore usage will help them fix all the rough edges and bugs, and already 1,300 user submitted or upvoted bugs have been resolved, helped in great part by the telemetry data that Windows 10 dials home about usage and errors encountered.
The more people using the Technical Preview, the more polished and market ready it will be when it is released to the general public in 2015.
Microsoft's Gabriel Aul, in his blog post, said "I’m itching to tell you more about stuff that’s coming. You’ll see some big things, lots of small improvements, and I hope there will be something for each of you to point to and know your influence was felt and appreciated by us. I’m confident that the next build we release will be an exciting one and will show how Windows 10 is evolving with your input."
Microsoft will remain tight lipped about all the new features in the next Tech Preview build, hoping to hold them off until their 21. January press event to reveal the Consumer features of the OS and with Xbox head Phil Spencer in attendance, it looks like they will show off how Windows 10 will affect PC gaming and the future of Xbox One.
Source: Blogging Windows