10 random facts about Windows

Here are ten entirely random, but interesting, facts I learnt during my week with Microsoft at its recent Professional Developers Conference.

1. Just under a fifth of new PCs sold in the US are now running 64-bit Windows

2. 95% of Windows users change their desktop background

3. “Techy” users are twice as likely to use a solid Windows background colour (19.4% vs 8.1%)

4. 70% of Windows users have between eight and 15 windows open at any one time

5. Vista has 23% fewer Blue Screens of Death than XP Service Pack 2

6. About 30% of people customise the colour of the Vista glass

7. About 1,000 developers work on the Windows operating system – although if everyone who used Windows sent an email to a member of the development team, each inbox would be stuffed with a million mails per person

8. Only 1.5% of new Windows PCs are bought purely to browse the internet

9. 18% of application compatibility problems are caused by faulty installations

10. Windows Live accounts for 11% of all minutes spent online 

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