Microsoft is kicking off its Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle this morning with a new milestone: The company says Windows 10 is now running on 500 million active monthly devices, up from 400 million last September. Sure, Microsoft ran a pretty aggressive Windows 10 upgrade campaign ever since launching the operating system, but the milestone is still impressive, considering the OS was released less than two years ago. It now seems this will take a lot longer than 2018 for Microsoft to reach 1 billion Windows 10 devices.
This report is more conservative than some of Microsoft's past Windows usage milestones because it counts devices on which Windows 10 is actually installed and used.
Shum said Microsoft now offers 29 different cognitive services to developers, making it possible for them to incorporate AI capabilities in new apps "with just a few lines of code". On the first day of the event, Microsoft took the stage to unveil a bunch of new products that may not be as impressive as you'd like since majority target developers, but they will probably influence the future of Windows. But that total included some machines that were still on store shelves and in warehouses, and it didn't account for corporate users who bought those licenses on new PCs and then downgraded them to Windows XP.
Windows 10 represents a comeback for Microsoft after the colossal flop of Windows 8, whose ill-conceived designed deepened a decline in PC sales and contributed to the departure of Nadella's predecessor, Steve Ballmer.
A recent survey from Gartner predicts that 85 percent of organizations will start a Windows 10 production deployment by the end of 2017. But, these numbers don't tell the entire story and we can get a better adoption rate of Windows 10 since we have additional figures to utilize.
This stipulation that Microsoft has added to the Windows Store policies eliminates the possibility of Google Chrome being released for Windows 10 S in its current shape and form.
So it's not doom-and-gloom for Microsoft or Windows 10.