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Windows 10 Now Powers 1 Billion Devices

Dave Parrack 16-03-2020

Windows 10 now powers more than 1 billion devices worldwide. This includes PCs, laptops, tablets, Xbox One games consoles, and HoloLens smart glasses. And while it may have taken Microsoft longer to hit the 1 billion milestone than planned, it’s still an achievement.


How Windows Phone Failed Microsoft

Just before Microsoft launched Windows 10 in July 2015, the company declared that it was hoping to have Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices “within two to three years after launch”. Unfortunately for Microsoft, that timeline came and went.

This failure was mostly driven by the demise of Windows Phone, as the original target was set when Windows Phone was still providing competition for Android and iOS. However, when Windows Phone failed, Microsoft had to rely on other devices instead.

Windows 10 Hits the Big Milestone

Now, five years on, Microsoft has hit the magic milestone. The company heralded the result on the Windows Blog, saying that “over one billion people have chosen Windows 10 across 200 countries resulting in more than one billion active Windows 10 devices”.

The reference to people is interesting, as Microsoft has previously always referred simply to devices. The statement suggests that the number of individual users and number of devices are both over 1 billion. Which is a cause for celebration for Microsoft.


In September 2019, Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 was installed on 900 million devices. So the number has jumped up by more than 100 million in under six months. Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 Microsoft Ends Support for Windows 7 Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows 7. So it's time to move on from Windows 7. Read More in January, which will have helped.

Upgrading From Windows 7 to Windows 10

The upshot is that “one in every seven people on the planet” now uses Windows 10. The company also heralds the fact that it’s “the only operating system at the heart of over 80,000 models and configurations of different laptops and 2-in-1s”.

With 1 billion people now using Windows 10, it’s probably time for everyone else to follow suit. And with Windows 7 reaching its end of life, it’s definitely time for you to upgrade. So here are the Windows 7 end of life alternatives 10 Windows 7 End of Life Alternatives The Windows 7 end of life date has already passed. Here are your options for upgrading your Windows 7 system now. Read More open to you.

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  1. Ghis
    March 24, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    This only means that 1 billion devices have been sold with Windows 10 pre installed.
    People don’t always have the choice to buy a machine without it do they?
    Who’s to tell how many of these are actually running W10 and not some other OS?

  2. dragonmouth
    March 18, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    "Windows 10 Now Powers 1 Billion Devices "
    Proving exactly what? The easiest way to mislead is with statistics.

    All that means is that 1 billion devices use an insecure O/S.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 18, 2020 at 2:21 pm

      Who said it proves anything? We're just passing on the news that Microsoft has hit the milestone of 1 billion devices running Windows 10. That's it.

      What makes you think Windows 10 is insecure?