Windows 10 On 75mn Devices; Gets Closer To 1Bn Goal

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 27, 2015


In May, Microsoft announced Windows 10 will be running on one billion devices by 2018 at the company’s Build 2015 developer conference in San Francisco, leaving analysts wonder whether this ambitious move by the company is attainable. Now, when Microsoft says its new Windows 10 software is running on more than 75 million computers, tablets and other devices less than a month since the operating system was released, looks like it is reaching closer towards its target of 1 billion installations soon.

Only last week, the tech major released the third cumulative patch for Window 10, and also announced that its latest operating system is now installed on 50 million devices. Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President, Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft Tweeted: “More than 75 million devices running Windows 10 – and growing every day.”

Read more: Is Microsoft’s Goal Of 1Bn Things On Windows 10 Attainable?

Mehdi also said that Windows 10 was now officially available in 192 countries, which means, virtually every planet on this earth… More than 90,000 unique PC or tablet models have upgraded to Windows 10… and Windows Store for Windows 10 has seen 6X more app downloads per device than Windows 8. 

Its important to mention that Windows 10 marks the return of the start menu. The reason Windows 8 was widely criticised was its elimination of the start button and touch-first focus that ignored keyboard and mouse. Windows 10 got all of it right this time, and what’s more it has packed several enterprise-friendly features to further tempt businesses into making the upgrade. This is a boon for CIOs and IT managers for having the control of their devices, believe experts. 

Microsoft just released the public beta for Cortana on Android. Experts believe Cortana, Microsoft’s digital personal assistant, is leading Microsoft closer to its enterprise dreams, by placing advanced, contextually aware data analytics and machine learning technologies - something that every business is looking at. A research by social technology firm Brandwatch found that 95 percent of users said that Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana was the most favourite feature followed by the Edge browser, Xbox integration, multiple desktops and other features.

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

Undoutedly, Windows 10 also comes with much better security features, with better identity protection and access control, a two-factor authentication, and data loss prevention technology. It offers a very novel approach of separating corporate and personal data across all devices. Corporate apps, data, email, web content and other sensitive information will be automatically encrypted by Windows 10 both on desktops and mobile devices.

Microsoft is offering Windows 10 as a free download for many computer owners. Microsoft has also put in a lot of work into making Windows 10 more user-friendly and with lower cost of maintenance, something that has always worried CIOs.

Analysts say that’s a good start, although the company is hoping to get the software installed on a billion devices over the next three years. Microsoft, which is known for making software for computers, believes Windows 10 will help it rebuild loyalty among users who are increasingly relying on mobile and connected devices.