- Microsoft announced that Windows 10 has reached the mark of 1 billion monthly active users in March 2022 within 5 years of its launch in 2015.
Microsoft had revealed back in 2015 when Windows 10 was launched, that it intends to have 1 billion devices operating on it by 2018. It’s been two years slower but on Windows 10, Microsoft reached the mark of 1 billion monthly active users.
In a blog post, Microsoft revealed its latest achievement that customers across 200 countries are using Windows 10 and more than 1 billion active apps. “One in every seven people on the planet is preparing, making, developing, implementing, traveling, shaking and doing great things with Windows 10,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Modern Life, Search & Apps.
Reaching a billion people with Windows 10 is just the beginning. We will invest in Windows not only within Windows 10 for PCs but also across many other Windows editions, serving diverse customer needs including Windows IoT, Windows 10 Teams edition for Surface Hub, Windows Server, Windows Mixed Reality on HoloLens, Windows 10 in S mode, Windows 10X and more.
We are inspired by the ways you use Windows 10, and we look forward to seeing how you continue to use these billion devices in new and exciting ways to power the world.
(This excerpt is taken from the blog post which announced this achivement)
Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS runs on its entire Xbox One lineup, 2-in-1s, HoloLens, and Mixed Reality (MR) computers and not just on laptops and PCs. Windows 10 is also expected to drive the upcoming Xbox Series X. This also runs on Surface Series from Microsoft including the 2S Surface Pro, Surface Book, and Surface Hub.
“Windows 10 is the only operating system at the core of over 80,000 models and configurations from over 1,000 different manufacturers of various laptops and 2-in-1s,” Yusef said.
The blog post also highlighted how Microsoft has upgraded itself from launching one version of Windows every three years to several versions in one year. Microsoft has also said it has more than 1.78 million Windows Insiders worldwide.
The new Windows 10 announcement is also coming shortly after all support for Windows 7 has been terminated by Microsoft. It would have helped Windows 10 hit the 1 billion mark because it was very close last September with 900 million users.
Windows has a long history rolling back to Windows 1x which was the first-ever windows operating system. From Windows 1x to Windows 10 there were a total of 9 operating systems in between which includes famous ones such as Windows 98, Windows 7, Windows XP and some not-so-famous ones such as Windows Vista and Millenium.
Windows in the blog also said this innovation will continue where they will bring Windows 10 to Azure and Virtual Machines on every platform and from Mac to iOS to even Chromebooks. Their aim is to make windows the most accessible operating system on the planet regardless of where the users are.
Certainly, after it’s inception Windows has been a huge hit in the market and among the users for it’s easy to understand interface as compared to another operating system. Let’s what is the next innovation windows come up with.