Windows 10 Now Running On 270 Million Devices

Microsoft announces that its newest operating system is being used actively on more than 270 million devices.

Eight months into the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft announces that its newest operating system is being used actively on more than 270 million devices. This announcement was made by Terry Myerson at the opening of Microsoft’s annual Build conference in San Francisco.
 
In his remarks introducing Myerson, CEO Satya Nadella goes on to say that Windows 10 is off to the fastest start in the history of Windows and is being adopted at a dramatically quick pace compared to Windows 7 in the same time frame, among both consumer and enterprise customers. Microsoft has not offered any comparison with Windows 8 rate of adoption. 
 
 
  
Today’s milestone represents a major leap since the beginning of the year, when Microsoft has gone on to announce that Windows 10 was being used by 200 million devices.
 
Myerson have gone on to say that the company is on track to reach their most ambitious goal, which is having one billion Windows 10 devices in a couple of years.
 
The free upgrading offer for Windows 10 has less than 4 months to go until its expiration date on July 29, 2016. Assuming that this offer will not be extended, the upgrade momentum will slowly and substantially begin in the second half of 2016.
 
The announcement made by Microsoft did not break out adoption rates for enterprise customers. In January, the company had stated that around 22 million of its active Windows 10 users were on devices which are run by educational consumer or enterprise. It seems quite unlikely that the proportion has changed significantly among notoriously conservative enterprise customers.
 
A relatively small number of Windows 10 devices are on Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 smartphone. However, the real momentum for Windows 10 in the upcoming years will not be inspired by such favorable comparisons to Windows 7.
 
The pace of Pc sales has substantially dropped since its peak, five year back. There is also anecdotal evidence that PC owners are used up out the replacement cycle. Microsoft says that there are 600 Million PCs in the installed base, which is more than five years old.
 
Convincing those owners, especially the enterprise customers, to upgrade is the real key to Microsoft's goal for reaching a billion PCs running on Windows 10.