Windows 10 On 200 Mn Devices - Is It Looking Like Success?

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 05, 2016


Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, is reported to be running on 200 million devices. The company said this is the fastest adoption rate of any of its operating systems. 

Microsoft released Windows 10 as a free download in July. It was designed to power both personal computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. It replaced Windows 8, the heavily criticized system launched in 2012.

In May 2015, Microsoft made an ambitious statement at the company’s Build 2015 developer conference in San Francisco that with Internet of Things (IoT) becoming a rage today, Windows 10 will be running on one billion devices by 2018. While analysts wondered whether the ambitious move by the company is attainable, Windows 10 is on its way to reaching its goals.

In October, Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said 110 million devices were running Windows 10, meaning the system is now on almost double the number of phones and PCs compared to before the holiday season.

“I would characterize this as white hot adoption out of the gate,” Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets, who has an “outperform” rating on the stock told Reuters.

Gartner mentioned in a separate report in November that Windows 10 is poised to become the most widely installed version of Windows ever, and predicts that 50 percent of enterprises will have started Windows 10 deployments by January 2017.

Focussing on the free upgrade coupled with broad legacy device support and automatic over-the-air upgrades, Steve Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner mentioned, “For enterprises, we expect that implementation will be significantly more rapid than that seen with Windows 7 six years ago.”

A strong compatibility with Windows 7 applications and devices, and a pent-up demand for tablet and 2-in-1 device rollouts is driving the demand for Windows 10. The net result is that many enterprises are planning to begin pilots for Windows 10 in the first half of 2016, and will likely broaden their deployments in the latter part of the year. Gartner expects that at least half of enterprises will have started some production deployments by the beginning of 2017, with an eye to completing their migrations in 2019.

At the same time, by 2018, touchscreens will be shipped on one-third of all notebooks, said Gartner. Moreover, as pricing is expected to get much more competitive in the second half of 2016 as manufacturing processes continue to improve,Windows 10 migration planning starts to accelerate, says Gartner.

Read more: How Windows 10 Can Be A Boon For Businesses 

Ken Dulaney, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner said in a statement, “From an IT perspective, Windows 10 and the move of applications to the back end will dramatically change how applications are delivered to employees. Updates will be more frequent, more incremental and less obvious to the end user. Software vendors and internal IT have much to do to adapt to this new model and to move away from the image management model for PCs of today.”

However, analysts also caution that the ultimate success of Windows 10 will be judged by the take-up rate among businesses. According to them, Microsoft also needs more mobile developers to build apps for Windows 10 to help catch up with players like Apple and its popular iPhone and iPad devices.