Windows 10 is here!

August 12 2015 By Posted in Expertise

Windows 10 was released at the end of July. Microsoft has pulled out all the stops to make sure its new operating system is widely distributed, and it is available as a free update for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 via a number of third-party CDNs (content delivery networks) such as Akamai or Limelight, for instance. Some articles report that instant peak capacity of 40 TB/s has been reserved in order to handle downloading in good conditions for all of the web users who log on to get their update. By comparison, recent Apple events required a bandwidth capacity of 8 TB/s. The arrival of Windows 10 therefore could have a significant impact on overall internet performance.

Now all of this assumes that the new operating system really will be massively downloaded by internet users. To dig into this question, we have looked at measurements from our RUM BI system which make it possible to analyze the audience and the performance of the web sites of our customers who have implemented this technology.

Here are our findings:

The chart below shows the breakdown by Windows OS of visits to high-audience web sites over a period of a rolling month.

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 account for the greatest part of visits. We can see, from 31 July , the arrival of Windows 10 on our systems.




(fig 1: breakdown of Windows OS from 11 July 2015)


Windows 10 thus accounts for nearly 10% of visits only 10 days after its release. .

Finer analysis shows that conversions are taking place in about the same proportion between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

In a forthcoming article we will analyze the real benefits of this system in terms of how well it performs with respect to web navigation.

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