26 March 2020
Microsoft officially announced that Windows 10 has crossed the 1 billion ‘active monthly device’ milestone. Microsoft predicted in 2015 that in two or three years from then, Windows 10 will be installed on 1 billion devices. Well, Microsoft is behind from its set aim but it has finally made it.
Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice president of Modern Life, Search and Devices, said in a blog post,
Today we're delighted to announce that over one billion people have chosen Windows 10 across 200 countries resulting in more than one billion active Windows 10 devices.
Terry Myerson, the head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group announced the ambitious goal at the company’s Build 2015 developer conference in San Francisco. The established aim was meant to complete in summer 2018, but it got delayed and Microsoft executives even came up a year later and said that the company is unlikely to reach its goal.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed if the 1B mark is the collective number of installations of the OS running on many hardware but Myerson did estimate in 2015 that the 1B mark will include desktops, PCs, laptops, tablets, Windows Phones, Xbox One gaming consoles, Surface Hub conferencing systems, HoloLens augmented reality goggles and various Internet of Things devices. However, in the blog post, it is mentioned that Windows 10 currently runs on more than 80,000 different PC configurations and models, and 2-in-1s from over 1,000 different manufacturers.