MICROSOFT IS FINALLY closing in on an ambitious target for Windows 10 adoption, with latest figures showing that their flagship operating system is now running on 800 million devices.
When Windows 10 was launched, two and a half years ago, CEO Satya Nadella made the proud boast that Microsoft was aiming to have it as the operating system of one billion devices within two(ish) years.
Although the company has flunked this target by some considerable margin thanks to the continued popularity of Windows 7 in the enterprise sector and the failure of Windows as a mobile operating system, the magic number is in sight now a year late - though as ever with Microsoft, it's still not quite that simple.
Windows 10 is the first operating system designed to work across devices - everything from IoT devices through to huge networks. That means that this figure includes rogue elements such as Xbox\ consoles and Windows Phone devices (such as they are) that don't have equivalency in other operating systems.
With Windows Phone reaching end of life this year, this figure could drop slightly, though the sudden urgency that has been brought by the sunsetting of Windows 7, due in January 2020, will offset it.
Even discounting these extraneous form factors, Windows 10 is now clearly the most popular operating system for desktops and laptops with 40.3 per cent of the market, followed by the outgoing Windows 7 on 38.41 per cent, and others a distant chasing pack, according to this month's figures from Net Applications' Netmarketshare.
Windows 10 continues to be updated under the "Windows-as-a-Service" model on a bi-annual basis, with the next build expected sometime in the next month or so. But with the last big update, the now notorious Windows 10 Autumn 2019 Update (or Build 1809 to its friends) being an unmitigated disaster with borkage right left and centre, the pressure will be on Microsoft to produce an update that "just works" this time out.
Anything less will be nothing short of humiliation. μ
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