Windows 10 now powers more than 1 Billion active monthly devices. Microsoft, on Monday, announced that its OS, Windows 10 has hit the big milestone of powering a billion devices worldwide. At the time of the Windows 10 launch, Microsft planned to reach this milestone by end of 2018. But it took 2 more years for Windows to reach the point. Microsoft’s plan of competing against Android and iOS with Windows Phone failed miserably and that made the calculations of the target turn upside down.
1 billion means one in every seven people in the world uses some sort of Windows 10 powered devices. It’s not just personal computers and laptops that are powered by Windows 10. A number of other devices like PCs, Laptops, Xbox, Wearables, Servers, Holo Lens, etc run on Windows 10 platform.
“We’re delighted to announce that over one billion people have chosen Windows 10 across 200 countries resulting in more than one billion active Windows 10 devices,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate VP, Modern Life, Search & Devices at Microsoft.
Windows 10 runs in “over 80,000 models and configurations of different laptops and 2-in-1s from over 1000 different manufacturers.” Windows 10 was the last major update from Microsoft and they stopped their version incremental strategy like Windows 7, 8, etc. Now, all the updates are applied on top of Windows 10 itself and you are not required to change the OS entirely every single time a new one comes out.
Another interesting reason that made the number of Windows-powered devices increase is the fact that Microsoft officially stopped services for Windows 7. Large organizations and a good number of computers and servers were already running on Windows 7. This made the shift from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and this made a huge impact on the number of devices with Windows 10. After 2015, Microsoft didn’t launch any OS and this means ever since 2015 all devices ships with Windows 10 and that also helped to improve the numbers by quite a good margin.
The Microsoft team is working on the next major Windows 10 update, Windows 10 20H1, which will be rolled out pretty soon in the coming months.