Microsoft has announced a milestone of over one billion people across 200 countries haven activated Windows 10 devices, which number corresponds to 1 in every 7 people in the world using the platform.
While Windows 10 was launched in 2015, which has also followed different service model from its predecessors, with new features and security updates delivered faster than ever before. Microsoft has evolved from new version release every three years, to releasing multiple versions per year.
And the recent Windows 7 end of life might have contributed to more people switching to Windows 10, albeit perhaps, it is highly critical for driving transformation in the enterprise.
The Milestone of going from One to One Billion Devices
Microsoft launched Windows 10 as the first Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) and provides two feature updates per year, which remains the major change to have happened to the platform. Though, there are several other additions that have made Windows 10 more versatile, such as the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), Your Phone app and the last-minute switch of Edge to Chromium-based engine.
The decoupling to the new Chromium-based Edge browser for Windows 10 deliver new builds to users outside of the normal Windows 10 release cycle, with support for more versions of Windows.
And the Your Phone app has bridged the gap between Android and iOS devices by adding the much needed continuity features to Windows 10. With the company focusing more on putting the customer at the center, by listening to feedback, and having that feedback shape the development process.
Why Microsoft's aim goes Beyond Windows 10?
Microsoft pioneered seamless experiences, to biometric log-in with Windows Hello, and with such experiences as the Your Phone app, enabling Android users to connect to their PC, which are all aimed at meeting people's basic security and connectivity requirements.
Now, this innovation continues with the bringing of Windows to the cloud through Azure and virtual machines, making Windows 10 available on nearly every platform, from Mac to iOS or even Chromebooks.
The company is striving to make Windows the most accessible operating system on the planet regardless of where users are, or what device they are on. So, also is the big move for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) which idea was to create universal apps that can run on virtually all Windows 10 platforms without needing the re-writting of code.
But sadly, the UWP didn’t get the popularization and appeal that Microsoft had intended for it.