Windows 10 Runs on 600 Million Devices : Microsoft


Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella announced that Windows 10 is now running on 600 Million active devices. The company recorded a 100 Million increase since May 2017 (AFP).

“The number is up from the 500 million devices touted by Microsoft earlier this year, but it’s still well short of the company’s original goal of one billion Windows 10 devices within two to three years of its 2015 release,” GeekWire reported late on Wednesday.

The company had estimated that Windows 10 would reach a billion devices by the end of 2018 but the estimate was recently changed with the company acknowledging that it would “take more time” to hit the 1 billion mark.

It took the latest Windows OS almost 27 months to hit the milestone. Microsoft devices include PCs, tablet PC, Xbox One gaming consoles, HoloLens mixed reality headsets along with Surface devices and phones.

Windows 10 is created in a very different way than its predecessors so that it could be regularly updated with not only fixes but also with new features.

Microsoft has released four major updates for Windows 10 so far which are the “November Update”, “Anniversary Update”, “Creators Update” and “Fall Creators Update”.

One of the reasons behind slowed adoption is believed to be Microsoft’s decision to stop free upgrades to Windows 10. The company earlier this month announced that it will be ending free Windows 10 upgrade to accessibility users on December 31.