Believe it or not, but Windows 10 OS now runs on over 1 billion monthly active devices in 200 countries, Microsoft announced in a blog post, which was primarily a smooth talk about Windows 10.
In other words, 1 out every 7 people on earth are using a Windows 10 PC to do something. It’s a significant achievement for the company, although it took a couple of years more than what Microsoft initially predicted.
These 1 billion devices include over 80,000 different models and configurations of laptops and 2-in-1s made by around 1000 manufacturers, Microsoft added. It also claims that almost 100% of Fortune 500 companies are using Windows 10.
Recently, the all-time favorite Windows 7 reached the end of its life, and this might have motivated even more users to switch to Windows 10.
A brief history of Windows 10
Windows 10 was first launched in 2015 and follows a different servicing model than its predecessors.
Microsoft wanted to put the OS everywhere it could and left no stone unturned while doing so. In addition to PCs, Windows 10 also powers Xbox consoles, and Hololens mixed reality headsets.
However, the company failed to make the OS survive in the smartphone world, as we witness Windows 10 Mobile dying a slow death. Apparently, the failure of Windows Phone/Windows Mobile is something that Bill Gates still regrets.
On similar lines, another ambitious effort was the Universal Windows Platform. The idea was to create universal apps that can run on all Windows 10 platforms without the need to be re-written. Sadly, this was another area where Microsoft had to fall back after UWP didn’t popularize the way Microsoft intended.
One big change that happened with Windows 10 is the frequency of feature updates. Microsoft launched the operating system as Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) and now provides two feature updates every year. However, many of these updates bring more pain to the users than joy. Last year, Redmond experimented with a Major/Minor update cycle as well.
However, a couple of things that have made Windows 10 more versatile are the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Your Phone app. There was a time when Microsoft was considered an enemy of Linux, but now it’s running a full-blown Linux kernel inside.
The Your Phone app, on the other hand, has bridged the gap between Windows 10 and Android, iOS smartphones by adding much needed continuity features.
Anyway, the big news comes at a time when it’s widely believed that Windows 10 isn’t Microsoft’s primary focus anymore. The company is more inclined towards cloud and enterprise customers who can bring in more money.
Still, having one billion people using your product isn’t something one will turn a blind eye to. As far as the future of Windows is concerned, Microsoft is working on Windows 10X, which is meant for the modern dual-screen devices that are gaining traction these days.