Windows 10 is slowly inching closer to one billion users worldwide. Yusuf Medhi, CVP of Modern Life, Search & Devices Group at Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 is now on more than 900 million devices, a number that includes PCs, HoloLens headsets, Xbox One consoles, and Microsoft’s Surface Hub digital whiteboards.
#Windows10 is on more than 900M devices! Thanks to our customers, we added more new Windows 10 devices in the last 12 months than ever before. From PCs to HoloLens to Xbox to Surface Hub, Windows continues to power innovation—with more to come next week! https://t.co/G3CRdkFoPT pic.twitter.com/38fKk50IEH
— Yusuf Mehdi (@yusuf_i_mehdi) September 24, 2019
"Thanks to our customers, we added more new Windows 10 devices in the last 12 months than ever before,” Mehdi said today. As Windows 7 is about to reach end of support in January 2020, companies who don’t want to pay Microsoft for extended security updates are apparently in the process of purchasing new Windows 10 PCs to maintain a secure environment. However, Windows 7 will likely continue to enjoy a double digit market share for a couple more years. According to NetMarketShare, the 10 years old OS still had a 30.34% usage share in August.
Microsoft announced 800 million Windows 10 devices back in March 2019, so it definitely looks like we'll finally reach one billion devices next year. The software giant initially expected to reach that number within three years of the launch of Windows 10 in 2015, but the company had to lower its predictions a couple of years ago.