Back in May, more than 500 million active devices were being powered by Windows 10. Today at its annual shareholders meeting, Microsoft CEO announced a new milestone for the company’s operating system: it’s now powering 600 million active devices, reports GeekWire.
Windows 10 growth slowed down ever since the end of the free upgrade offer for Windows 7/8 users. Microsoft’s operating system continued to pick up market share, albeit at a much slower rate, as more and more businesses started moving away from Windows 7, but the majority of users are still running older versions of the OS to this day. Extended support for Windows 7 is set to end in 2020, and by that time Windows 10 should be well over the 1 billion target Microsoft set during the initial launch of the OS.
Going forward, it’s clear that Microsoft won’t have too much trouble getting users to upgrade to newer versions of Windows. The company’s Windows as a Service strategy has performed surprisingly well so far, with more than 20% of all Windows 10 users already using the latest feature update for the OS which only came out in October.
<p>So essentially 600 million PCs if you ignore the outliers.</p>
<blockquote><a href="#222616"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a></blockquote><p>Fragmentation isn't just an issue of how many versions people are using, it's also the difference between versions that matter.</p>
<blockquote><a href="#222636"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a></blockquote><p>If you write a UWP app, you cut out the majority of Windows users as potential customers. That's fragmentation on a major scale</p>
<blockquote><a href="#222800"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a></blockquote><p>In the context of a discussion on fragmentation, the issue of targeting Windows vs targeting MacOs isn't applicable (unless you believe they are really the same OS from the same company).</p><p><br></p><p>In the real world (which I know you have much experience in) you dedicate your limited resources to market that has the greatest potential for profit. Then if you have time and resources left over, you consider the niche markets. </p><p><br></p><p>UWP is a niche market at this time and so far there's little indication that it will become mainstream anytime soon.</p>