Windows 10 now running on 400 million devices: Microsoft

Microsoft Windows 10 hits 400 million active devices but it will take longer to reach the 1 billion goal

By: Tech Desk | Updated: September 27, 2016 4:10 pm
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Microsoft has announced its desktop operating system Windows 10 is now running on 400 million active devices. Speaking at MS Ignite, Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate VP, Windows and Devices Group, Microsoft said, “Windows 10 now has 400 million monthly active devices. The adoption has been 150 per cent faster than Windows 7.”

Back in May, Microsoft had announced Windows 10 having 300 million active devices. Microsoft says active devices mean all devices that have been active in the last 28 days, The Windows 10 figure primarily includes PCs, tablets, smartphones, HoloLens, Surface Hubs and also Xbox One consoles.

Microsoft Windows 10 was launched in July 2015 as a unified operating system for all devices. For the first time, Microsoft decided to make Windows 10 available to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users as a free upgrade. While the free upgrade did steer some adoption, Windows 10 adoption now seems to be going down the hill.

Microsoft had announced its goal to reach 1 billion active devices in by 2018 but recently conceded that it will take longer than 2018 to reach that goal. Microsoft also announced Windows 10 Insider Preview users will get a new build with new security features for Microsoft Edge browser.

Microsoft Edge browser will get new container-based isolation technology codenamed Barcelona. The feature will use virtualisation-based security generally found in the enterprise servers to detect and isolate malicious code in containers.

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Microsoft Windows, the most commonly used operating system in the enterprise sector is yet to see bulk upgrades to Windows 10. Accenture, one of the biggest OneDrive and Skype for Business user, announced it has 1,00,000 devices running Windows 10. Accenture CIO said Windows 7 upgrade started two years after its release while Windows 10 upgrades started on day one.

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