The US-based tech pioneer Microsoft has revealed that around 600 million devices are now running Windows 10. The devices include desktops, tablets, Xbox One consoles, HoloLens headsets, and Surface Hub devices. The Windows 10 Mobile-based smartphone figures are significantly higher than the 270 million user base that had emerged in March last year but is lower than the initial goal of one billion users.
As GeekWire reports that CEO Satya Nadella made the announcement at Microsoft’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday. Nadella highlighted the development of “differentiated solutions” instead of solely targeting at desktops or mobile devices. This strategy would give the Redmond giant to expand its user base to new levels. “Microsoft will continue to deliver differentiated solutions using new technologies, like the cloud, artificial intelligence, and mixed reality, to empower our customers to grow and thrive,” the executive said.
According to GeekWire, Microsoft acknowledged at the annual meeting that it wouldn’t able to reach the goal of one billion Windows 10 users within two to three years of the platform’s launch in 2015, a promise that Microsoft’s Terry Myerson had made at the time of launching Windows 10.
Notably, Microsoft marked the benchmark of 50 million users in just a couple of months after the original release of Windows 10 back in July 2015. The remarkable strategy of offering free upgrade to let Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users experience the latest Windows platform played a vital role in making the company able to expand the user base in a short span of time. However, since the tempted offer was available only for a limited period, the company probably wasn’t able to attract enough number of fresh Windows 10 users to meet its target.
Microsoft is adding new features to Windows 10 to stretch its reach. The passionate team led by energetic CEO lately developed features such as an AirDrop-like Near Share, native app tabbing with Sets, and visualizing history with Timeline. All these features are likely to persuade users to start using the latest Windows platform in the coming future.