Microsoft confirms new threshold for its operating system

Sep 26, 2018 06:01 GMT  ·  By  ·  Comment  · 

Windows 10 has finally surpassed the 700 million active devices milestone, as adoption in the last 12 months slowed down substantially.

Back in July 2015 when Microsoft officially took the wraps off Windows 10, the company announced an ambitious plan of bringing the operating system to 1 billion devices in three years.

This objective, however, failed, and Microsoft confirmed that it needs more time to achieve it, instead focusing entirely on refining Windows 10 and installing it on as many devices as possible.

Earlier this year, the company revealed that Windows 10 was running on “nearly” 700 million devices, and the figure hasn’t changed for more than six months. The latest important milestone was reached in November 2017 when Microsoft confirmed the 600 million device base for Windows 10.

However, the Redmond-based software giant said this week at the Ignite conference that Windows 10 runs on more than 700 million active devices, so this important threshold has finally been reached.

Slower adoption

Nevertheless, Microsoft doesn’t seem to make a big deal out of it, probably as a result of the operating system needing so much time to actually reach the milestone. This means there’s a little chance we’ll see any such updates in the coming months, and Microsoft is more likely to make a final announcement when Windows 10 ends up running on 1 billion devices.

New feature updates released for Windows 10 do help the operating system increase its userbase, but adoption increases at a rather slow pace. On the other hand, Windows 10 updates play a more significant role for existing users, who install them to receive new features and support for latest-gen technologies.

The next major release in queue is the October 2018 Update, which could go live as soon as the next week. RTM has already been signed off, and insiders are believed to already be running the final build that will be shipped to all users in the coming months.

Via Neowin

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