Software king of the castle Microsoft, said it will set up a joint venture with China Electronics Technology Group (CETC).
The two companies already have a relationship with each other but the new joint venture will license and provide technical support for Microsoft Windows 10.
Microsoft has had some local difficulties in China with its operating systems and CETC will give the Seattle company a boost to penetrate the market with legal copies of its operating system.
CETC will supply Windows 10 in a local version not only to businesses and to individuals, but also for military use.
According to Yusuf Mehdi, a senior Microsoft executive, the joint venture needs regulatory support.
Called C&M Information Technologies, the outfit will collect feedback from government customers to guide it in updates to government Window 10 image.
Yusuf Mehdi, who is in charge of marketing for Windows and devices said today there are over 75 million devices running its Windows 10 operating system.
In his blog, he said that Windows 10 is running in 192 countries across the world.
Even ancient devices from remote times – 2007 – have been upgraded to Windows 10, he said.
We don’t know what Windows 10’s personal assistant Cortana is like, but Mehdi claims it’s told over half a million jokes since launch.
Windows Store for Windows 10 has seen six times more app downloads per device than Windows 8 – we have no problem believing that.
Microsoft introduced a free upgrade for people with Windows 8 and Windows 7 machines. Windows 10 is yet unproved, and most pundits agree Windows 8 was a shocker.
Windows 7 is regarded as stable but there’s no doubt large enterprises will take a long hard look at Windows 10 before going the whole hog.
By the end of play yesterday, Microsoft said that 14 million devices were running the upgrade to its operating system, Windows 10.
It has a way to go before it reaches the one billion target it has promised to achieve.
Yusuf Mehdi, the Microsoft man who runs Windows 10, said he and his company were “humbled” and “grateful” for the response to the operating system. He said reviews around the world were overwhelmingly positive.
But as Windows 10 follows the dire reception for Windows 8.x and earlier Windows Vista, anything short of a positive review would represent a PR disaster for Microsoft.
Mehdi said Microsoft is “doing everything we can” to upgrade the world to Windows 10. That would be the Windows world of course, because now there are several alternatives to the Microsoft operating system.
Mehdi said Microsoft “has many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade”.
It won’t be days but weeks before it rolls out Windows 10, he admitted.
If you want to take a chance on upgrading to Windows 10 before it’s finally bedded in, Mehdi said that you can use the “Get Windows 10 app” on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs to make a reservation.
Mehdi said Microsoft is working with big shops around the world to help people upgrade.
“Windows 10 is the best Windows ever,” said Mehdi. But then Microsoft always says that about upgrades to operating systems and it certainly always has just not been true.
A report said that Microsoft hasn’t been able to supply computers that have Windows 10 pre-installed and so is setting up teams to help customers make it happen if they buy a computer on July 29th next.
Bloomberg quotes vice president of Windows, Yusuf Mehdi, as saying that the operating system isn’t finished.
That means the final version hasn’t been supplied to the computer vendors that make and sell the kit through the channel.
However, Mehdi said that it won’t be long after the 29th that you’ll be able to buy a new PC equipped with Windows 10, and he promised that by this autumn “a whole class of machines” will come ready to sell.
In between then, Microsoft will have staff to help install the operating system so that if you tip at PC World they’ll be able to help set it up.
The embarrassing disclosure comes in the wake of some pretty dicky years for Microsoft and its various operating systems.