Microsoft Announces That Windows 10 Is Running On 500 Million Monthly Devices
At its Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is currently running on 500 million monthly active devices. This means that Microsoft is halfway to its to its original goal of reaching 1 billion users by 2018.
Microsoft bases those numbers on how many Windows 10 devices have been active within the past 28 days. In addition to PCs, smartphones, and tablets, Microsoft is also including Xbox One consoles, HoloLens, and Surface Hub devices in their estimates.
However, Microsoft had to revise that goal as it became clear that they would not reach 1 billion users by that time. The Redmond-based company originally blamed the delay on the renewed focus they placed on the Windows Phone.
The company has since shifted its attention away from smartphones to focus on the Windows 10 platform. They hope to reach 550 million users by June and 575 million users by September.
One billion isn’t just some random goal Microsoft has set for itself. Rather it is part of the company’s strategy to motivate developers to create Universal Windows Apps. The company hopes to make Windows 10 too large of a platform to ignore.
In order to reach this goal, Microsoft has aggressively pushed Windows 10 to both corporate and personal users. Those who owned the personal versions of Windows 8 were even offer a free upgrade once 10 launched.
They haverecently announced a new version of Windows 10 known as Windows 10 S which will be focused on the education sector. The stripped down operating system is designed to be used on low-cost computers meant to compete with Google’s popular Chromebook line.
The most recent update to Windows 10, the Creators Update, launched in April of 2017.
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