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How does WordPress track their application users?

I mean, I believe that they keep a record of how many people are downloading it and how many are installing it and where. How do they do it?

Is it by pinging their server while WordPress is installed? Or something different? Anyone have any idea?

Update: While Toscho answered the question, I just want to add some details. I asked the same question to Quora and Mark Jaquith (Lead Developer, WordPress core) answered it. Here is what he said -

WordPress installs ping the site to check for software updates. We count the number of unique installs who have recently pinged the site to get the number of installs. doesn't ping us for updates, but they report stats publicly:

We take the number, and add it to the number from the update pings, which gives us an approximate total number of public WordPress sites. That's the number you're probably hearing (it's currently over 36 million).

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The update check is sending a lot of information to, and that’s not always welcome. See ticket 16778 for a discussion.

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