600 million machines are now running Windows 10

Microsoft is providing its second Windows 10 statistics update this year, announcing that 600 million devices are now running the company’s latest operating system. The number includes PCs, tablets, Xbox One consoles, HoloLens headsets, and even Surface Hub devices and phones. GeekWire reports that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed the latest figures during the company’s annual shareholders meeting today.

Microsoft had originally planned to get Windows 10 running on 1 billion devices by 2018. The software giant eventually gave up on that ambitious goal last year, and admitted it will take longer to hit the 1 billion target. How much longer is still unclear, as growth has stalled ever since Microsoft withdrew its free Windows 10 upgrade offer. Microsoft revealed its 500 million figure earlier this year, and the company confirmed that it has given up on Windows Phone recently. There’s now little hope that phones will ever contribute a large amount of aim of a billion devices running Windows 10.

Microsoft still appears to be on target to hit its revised milestone figures though. Sources told The Verge earlier this year that Microsoft was targeting 550 million active Windows 10 devices by the end of June, and 575 million by the end of September. Hitting 600 million by the end of November fits this new plan, but it’s not clear exactly when the big billion target will ever be met.

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Well in 2019 with more Xboxs, PCs and Hololens they may hit the 1 billion

That’s too ambitious considering they’ve only managed to add 100 million form the start of the year.

50% off in all Surfaces devices and the billion will come!

Can’t replace the battery, cant upgrade the RAM, can’t replace the hard drive.

When it breaks, no repair is possible – it becomes instant rubbish.

Most people will not accept these limitations of ‘surface devices’ and they wont add significantly to Windows 10 usage.

Have actually replaced the battery AND the SSD in a Surface Book. You’re right about the RAM though.

Obviously the momentum will come from enterprise. Enterprises are the ultimate laggards, but since most major ones probably skipped W8, the move to W10 will be due soon. Expect a slow crawl from 600m to 1000m. Also considering other headwinds like increased iPad usage, BYOD etc.

It would be nice if enterprises would update Windows 10 as well. I’m still sitting on 1607 at work. So lacking this year’s Spring and Fall updates.

They’ll have to eventually – 1511 just fell out of support and 1607 is scheduled for March

I wouldn’t be so keen to update a work system though, there are many, many issues with 1709 in a domain environment with roaming profiles

My company has been pushed to a "all new PCs are win10" thing because of the Intel not supporting win7 thing.

As people’s leases expire and their computers are replaced win10 gets rolled outx

Windows 7 in the NHS and no plans to upgrade

Security updates for Windows 7 stop in two years. They should probably get started to avoid creating a crisis.

I’m still sitting on 1607 at work. So lacking this year’s Spring and Fall updates.

we’re the unofficial HQ in NYC with about 900 machines here, (International media company) and we’re at about 50 machines left here on 7, almost done with our migration.

Very true. Microsoft basically challenged themselves to push enterprise to upgrade earlier. This was part of the whole "final version of Windows" theme they touted.

It didn’t work unfortunately, because enterprise software vendors aren’t exactly accelerating their products to the UWP, nor are they ditching the backwards compatibility with Windows 7 in their latest revisions.

Isn’t it the opposite? It seems like iPad usage is on decline in enterprise and Windows tablets and 2 in 1s are on the rise and replacing them.

Not from what I’ve seen – both iPads and Windows 2 in 1s are fading as people go back to laptops (which for most users are just a better form factor)

I’m seeing similar and those that choose 2 in 1’s are choosing ones that work better as a laptop e.g. yogas as they are only using the tablet/pen functionality a little in meetings for note taking and similar.

I definitely think the hype about iPads overtaking everywhere is over. It’s not that they’re not great devices, I just feel they’re a ‘jack of all trades’

Even my partner’s now gone back to a phone and laptop (hybrid) combo after selling her iPad.

Isn’t it the opposite? It seems like iPad usage is on decline in enterprise and Windows tablets and 2 in 1s are on the rise and replacing them.

citations?

I googled the term "ipad enterprise usage down" and this was the 2nd article.

https://9to5mac.com/2017/03/07/apple-enterprise-data-mac-ios-jamf/

This is correct, in my work, there are more than 100k employees and Windows 7 is still the latest OS, once its deployed you can add about 50k more Win 10 licenses for 2018!

…growth has stalled ever since Microsoft withdrew its free Windows 10 upgrade offer.

Ya think?!!

It’s the only reason I don’t have Windows 10 on my desktop PC right now. I tried to upgrade during the free period, but the install kept failing due to vague registry errors. By the time I finally isolated & repaired the issue, the free upgrade period was over.

Sorry MS, I ain’t paying you $100 for my free upgrade. Maybe bring it back for legit Windows users, and you’ll hit that billion a lot quicker.

Official free upgrade offer ended, unofficial free upgrade will last till the end of 2017. So hurry

https://www.theverge.com/2016/8/1/12340318/microsoft-windows-10-free-upgrade-still-available

I read about that a while back, but didn’t love the idea of pretending to be someone who requires assistive technologies. Call me a hopeless moralist.

But the larger point that MS should just re-introduce the free upgrade for all legit Windows users still stands.

They won’t, Microsoft is seeing Windows 10 as a Product, not as a service Anymore.

I assure you, you aren’t harming any disabled people by downloading a copy of Windows. Microsoft is basically leaving the back door open for you, and giving you a wink wink, nudge nudge

But the larger point that MS should just re-introduce the free upgrade for all legit Windows users still stands.

They couldn’t do this, because it pissed off their OEM partners (Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc). A new version of Windows is a reason for a lot of people to upgrade their laptops. When people can get Win10 for free, on their old laptops, no reason to buy a new one.

I believe you can do a new install using a downloaded install image of Windows 10 and your current product key for Windows 7 and 8 to activate it. Check it out but I believe this pathway to Windows 10 is still open.

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