Back in 2015 when Microsoft released Windows 10, Terry Myerson – the Chief who lead Windows 10 development said Windows 10 would reach 1 billion within 3 years. The 3 years completed in 2018 and Terry’s prophecy was wrong.
Yusuf Mehdi – Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President announced a milestone today on Twitter that Windows 10 is running on more than 900 million devices. Yes, 900m devices! That’s an astonishing number if you think about it.
Early this year in March, Microsoft had said that Windows 10 had reached 800 million milestone. Although I suck at maths, but that means from March to September 2019 (six months) Microsoft added approximately 16m+ devices per month to hit 900m milestone announced today.
If this trend continues, in the next 6 – 8 months Windows 10 should reach another milestone which Microsoft originally overestimated of hitting the 1b mark. Windows 10 should be running on 1 Billion devices by May – June 2020.
Of course, the acceleration of new installations of Windows 10 is in part because Windows 7 is coming to its end of support life. Which means, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows 7 with bug fixes or security patches. Unless of course you are a large enterprise and ready to pay handsome amount of moolah to Microsoft for the special support.