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There are a lot of people who want to get their hands on early builds of the next version of Windows, judging from new numbers Microsoft released today. The company’s Windows Insider Program, which offers users early access to prerelease builds of Windows 10, currently has 1.5 million registered users.

Of those registered, Microsoft counts 450,000 “highly active” users who are running Windows 10 on a daily basis. That’s good news for the company, which can use those guinea pigs to better inform its decisions about how to improve the operating system, as well as squash bugs before its eventual release.

A graph of the Windows 10 Technical Preview's adoption relative to other historical releases at a similar point in their lifecycle. (Click to view full size.)
A graph of the Windows 10 Technical Preview’s adoption relative to other historical releases at a similar point in their lifecycle. (Click to view full size.)

There isn’t an official new build of Windows 10 this month, since Microsoft has been working on a major new release to coincide with its Windows 10 press event on Jan. 21. That build will include new features along with user experience improvements to go along with announcements of Microsoft’s planned consumer features for its new operating system.

That doesn’t mean glimpses of what’s coming in the build haven’t been leaked. Build 9901 escaped from Redmond earlier this week, and includes a number of new features, such as a redesigned Xbox app and the addition of Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant.

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