Microsoft said yesterday that the company’s latest version of Windows, Windows 10, has reached a huge milestone: it is on over 1 billion “monthly active” devices around the world.
Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president at Microsoft, announced the achievement in a blog post on March 16.
“Today 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. We couldn’t be more grateful to our customers, partners and employees for helping us get here,” Mehdi wrote.
It’s not just on PCs
Interestingly, while most devices that make up the tally are the expected desktop and notebook PCs, Microsoft also counts some Xbox consoles as they run a version of the Windows 10 kernel. Also counted are niche devices like the Surface Hub, a widescreen all-in-one touch PC that can act as the focal point of conference room meetings.
Microsoft originally wanted Windows 10 to reach this milestone a lot sooner; when the OS launched in June 2015, the company expressed a desire to see it on 1 billion devices within “two to three years” of its availability.
This didn’t happen, however, for various reasons. Among them was Microsoft’s mobile strategy based on its acquisition of Nokia’s phone assets, not doing so well.
Goodbye 7, hello 10
The 1 billion devices milestone was finally reached after Microsoft officially retired Windows 7 earlier this year, a move that pushed some people and organisations to make the move to Windows 10 after years of resistance.
Ultimately, the company met its ambitious goal for Windows 10 four years and eight months after the OS’s s initial launch.
Any way you slice it, though, it’s an amazing achievement. That’s one million million devices running Windows 10, its users benefiting from the OS’s speed, taking advantage of its user friendliness, being protected by built-in world-class security features, and enjoying all of the new ways of creating it offers.
Well done, Microsoft. We can’t wait to see what the coming years hold for Windows.