When Microsoft was preparing for the release of its most advanced OS yet back in July 2016, it asserted that Windows 10 will be upgraded on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs and running on 1 billion devices by the mid of 2018. Traversing on its free Windows 10 upgrade offer for Windows 8.1 and 7 OS, the company soon managed to grab millions of upgrades to Windows 10.
Although these numbers are very remarkable, it turns out that the 1 billion mark is out of Redmond’s reach. This fact is now even acknowledged by Microsoft. To this point, about 350 million users are using Windows 10 enthusiastically.
Here’s what Redmond had to say: “We’re pleased with our progress to date, but due to the focusing of our phone hardware business, it will take longer to reach the goal. In the year ahead, we are excited about usage growth coming from commercial deployments and new devices”.
Separately from a huge wave in the PC market, Microsoft also predicted a solid turn around in the smart phone arena by rivaling Android and iOS.
Nevertheless, even the smartphones running Windows 10 have not bring any good news to the Microsoft camp. As the newest developments propose, Microsoft is now looking to budge its cellular phone division’s focus on the enterprises.
The consumer personal computer market is shrinking each year and this could be with no trouble listed as another explanation why Microsoft is failing to touch the 1 billion market.
It is being expected that Microsoft will observe a big jump in the Windows 10 upgrades towards the July-end, when the offer of free upgrade will expire. While there exists a few tricks to get the upgrade even after 29th July, most of the people are likely to try free Windows 10 before this time limit.
By and large, Windows 10 has not performed as Microsoft anticipated. So, Windows 10 may be able to kiss the 1 billion mark by 2020.