Lets Talk About: 500 Million Computers Are Now Using Microsoft Windows 10

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Microsoft planned to bring Windows 10 on 1 billion computers by FY 2018, but the company recently admitted that it might miss this goal, though according to new statistics, adoption of the new operating system is still going strong.

Redmond has revealed at Build 2017 today that Windows 10 is now running on 500 million computers, up from 400 million it confirmed last September. This means adoption has indeed slowed down a little, but the number of systems running Windows 10 is growing and the firm expects these figures to grow more in the coming months.

No other specifics were provided, but without a doubt, the company now expects Windows 10 to grow mostly thanks to enterprises, which are now completing the piloting phase of the operating system and are expected to begin the transition across their networks by the end of the year.

Consumer and enterprises
Microsoft split the Windows 10 push into two different stages, with the first one aimed at consumers taking place just after the operating system was launched in July 2015. At that point, Windows 10 was available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users if the migration was performed in the first 12 months after launch.

Now that this stage is complete, Microsoft is going after enterprises, and the release of the Creators Update marks one very important milestone.

Enterprises are waiting for one or two major OS releases before starting the transition, as they delay the upgrade to a new operating system until it reaches its maturity.

With today’s figures, Microsoft is halfway its goal of bringing Windows 10 on 1 billion devices, and adoption should continue at a good pace thanks to the arrival of the Creators Update.

Microsoft also revealed that 141 million people use Cortana every month, so the digital assistant will continue to evolve with new features and improvements. 

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