Microsoft announces 800 million Windows 10 users

Isaac Cain
March 10, 2019

Since the release of the original Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft has released another six versions to the operating system and nearly all of these have attracted their own fair share of controversies and user complaints.

Corporate Vice President of Modern Life and Devices Group tweeted that, "Thank you to all our customers and partners for helping us achieve 800 million Windows 10 devices and the highest customer satisfaction in the history of Windows".

The milestone put Windows 10 at the 80% mark toward a goal the company once pledged but subsequently discarded.

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"One billion devices" is a phrase that's both haunted Microsoft and pushed it to keep improving. The significant aspect of Windows 10 is that customers are provided with two major updates every year instead of monthly and periodic update rollouts.

The Redmond giant has rolled out the Windows 10 v1903 with few enhancements and appealing new features. Microsoft has been pushing for businesses to migrate to Windows 10 for years, of course, but a variety of factors have kept Windows 7 in place for large numbers of companies.

Although Windows 7's support retirement is just 312 days away, the OS stubbornly clings to a position of power, a place it seems to have little desire to relinquish. According to company sources, Windows 10 has been added by 100 million subscribers in the last six months. Windows insider Program allows users who own a valid license of Windows 10 to register and receive beta versions of future Windows 10 Updates. WIndows 10 is now on 40 percent pf PCs according to Net Applications but Windows 7 is still in second place with 38.5 percent. Since then though, the operating system has surpassed Windows 7 in total installs.

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