Windows 10 hits 900 million users

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Four years ago, Microsoft committed to a vision of one billion people using Windows 10 within two years... Two years ago, it was admitted that the number was half that, i.e. half a billion. However, it does seem as though the OS is getting there, with a slide at BUILD 2019 showing 900 million users. My guess is that fewer than a million of these are on phones, but hey, the 'updates for life' operating system - more secure, more up to date - is making progress in the wider tech world.

Here's the relevant tweet, from Ginny Caughey (@gcaughey)

900 million + isn't bad for a desktop OS, bulked up by - as I say - Xbox mainly, plus a few phones. But it also has to be put into the context that many peoples' primary computing devices are their smartphones now. For example, I can think of a number of things which are faster to do on the phone because of the biometrics built-in, i.e. less need for fiddling around logging into things with a desktop OS and browser. Android is now up to over 2.5 billion users and iOS (iPhones/iPads) is closing in on 1.5 billion.

I suspect that sometime over the summer, with more and more businesses finally switching from Windows 7 (soon to be out of support), that Microsoft will announce a billion Windows 10 users.

Update: apparently the '900 million' in Microsoft's slide was a typo! It should have said '800 million' - a major typo, I'd have thought. Oh well. The actual amount is 825 million, it seems. Let's be generous and assume that it's OK to round up, eh?!

Source / Credit: Twitter