Microsoft released Windows 10 in 2015 with a target for that platform to run on one billion devices. Alas, that remains an elusive target for Windows 10.
However, the software giant has just proclaimed that Windows 10 has reached the 800 million device mark as it edges ever close to one billion.
The Microsoft corporate vice president Mr. Mehdi announced on his Twitter page that Windows 10 is now installed on 800 million devices. Mr. Mehdi stated:
Thank you to all our customers and partners for helping us achieve 800 million Windows 10 devices and the highest customer satisfaction in the history of Windows.
That post also includes a link to a Microsoft Story Labs page (shown directly below) which also confirms the 800 million milestone.
Therefore, Microsoft is celebrating another 100 million device increase for its flagship OS. Windows 10’s user base has steadily increased over the last few years.
Windows 7 retained a larger user base than Win 10 for some time. However, StatCounter data now shows that 10’s user base share currently stands at 54.78 percent compared with 7’s 33.89 percent share.
Thus, Win 10 is undoubtedly now the world’s foremost desktop and laptop platform.
If the same thing could be said of Win 10 for mobile devices, the platform would have smashed the one billion mark some time ago. However, Windows 10 Mobile did not have the impact Microsoft had hoped for.
As a result, Microsoft will terminate Windows 10 Mobile update support on December 10, 2019. This has left Win 10 short of the originally projected one billion mark.
However, the future of the Windows 10 desktop platform is as bright as ever. With Microsoft curtailing support for Windows 7 from January 14, 2020, more and more users are upgrading to Windows 10.
Now it seems feasible that Win 10 could reach the one billion device mark by the end of 2019 or 2020 at least.
So, Windows 10 goes from strength to strength on PCs. That’s just as well considering Microsoft announced it to be the last Windows platform upon launch.
Now the software giant plans to unify Win 10 across all devices with Windows Core OS.
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