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Windows 10 won’t meet its 1 billion devices goal by 2018, Microsoft says

Just over a year ago, Microsoft predicted that Windows 10 would be installed on 1 billion devices by the second quarter of 2018.

Now Microsoft is stating that this will unfortunately not happen, according to a statement provided to Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet.

 “Windows 10 is off to the hottest start in history with over 350M monthly active devices, with record customer satisfaction and engagement. We’re pleased with our progress to date, but due to the focusing of our phone hardware business, it will take longer than FY18 for us to reach our goal of 1 billion monthly active devices. In the year ahead, we are excited about usage growth coming from commercial deployments and new devices – and increasing customer delight with Windows.”

Interestingly, the Microsoft spokesperson says that this is because of the declining phone hardware business. It’s not a secret that the Lumia line is literally dead, and Microsoft’s focus isn’t on Windows 10 Mobile, at least not this year.

Windows 10 was supposed to be installed on 1 billion devices, not only computers, by 2018, and that includes the HoloLens, Windows phones, Xbox, Tablets, PC’s, 2in1’s, IoT and more. Microsoft Windows and Devices chief Terry Myerson made the original claim at Build 2015.

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Do you think this goal will be achieved by 2019?