Microsoft nears 1 billion goal with almost 700 million active users

By: Elsie Otachi
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Microsoft’s Windows platform is fast approaching the 700 million active users mark. In his farewell LinkedIn post, former Windows chief Terry Myerson said that the company is headed for 700 million active Windows 10 users, edging the company closer to its original 1 billion target.

However, this goal was based on the Windows Phone being a success, but the company revised the 2018 timeline, owing to the poor performance of its mobile division, especially early January 2016 when it announced its quarterly earnings that saw a 57 percent year over year sales drop.

Myerson’s remarks come at a time when the company is reorganizing, a move that has received mixed reactions from different quarters, including ex-employees like Tim Sneath, who until his move to Google, was heading the devs team.

Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, recently sent an email to employees in which he outlined the new changes, which, according to Sneath, is a demotion of Windows to a product, and the shift means Microsoft is no longer relevant to the company’s mission.

On his part, Myerson says the creation of the Windows Insider Program gave the firm access to the feedback loop with its customers and fans, which enabled them build Windows 10.

Now with 15 million members, you continue to make our product and our team better each and every day.

Commercial usage is also rising at a steady rate of 84 percent year over year.

He identified Xbox One, Surface, HoloLens, Microsoft Store, Azure and Office among the key game changers that have revitalized the company with profitable growth, which saw them finish 2017 with over $8 billion in operating income from the Windows segment.

Although the seismic shift has seen the company split into two main engineering teams, Nadella’s leadership is still significant in terms of the breakthroughs the company has experienced over the three years he has been at the helm.

As Myerson exits to spend unrushed time with his family, and start the next chapter of his career, his emotional and candid farewell letter to both employees and fans reveals a company that is still doing well, and whose portfolio of software and services continue to be a driving force in the tech industry.

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