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Windows 10 for Phone: rough count up to 60,000 people

Recently, Microsoft released Windows 10 for phones for participants of the Windows Insider program. However, the new release is limited when it comes to hardware selection. In fact, all of the former flagship phones like the Lumia Icon, 1020 and 1520 were left out of the initial batch of devices.

Windows 10 for Phone

According to a source to Neowin, there are roughly 60,000 devices currently testing Windows 10 for phones. That figure includes Microsoft employees too, which means that the testing base, as of right now for the OS, is quite small.

Since the flagship devices are not included and those users are more likely to test out an OS rather than those who bought a mid-tier device, this figure should not come as a huge surprise. Flagships, especially Windows Phones (since it is a small market), are purchased by enthusiasts, the same type of users who want beta software. But since those devices are not supported yet, a small install base is not surprising since most mid-tier devices are people who buy phones based on price and performance, not bleeding edge software. There are roughly 2.8 million Windows Insiders as well, which is up about 600k from the last figure that Microsoft reported.
As soon as Microsoft opens up the OS to the flagships, this number is expected to jump significantly, but we still do not know when that will happen. For the time being, we should hopefully be hearing about a new Windows 10 build shortly.

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