Despite Microsoft’s decision to end official support for Windows 7 earlier this year, the operating system still has a loyal following. However, Windows 10 continues to expand, reaching more customers and tablets per year. As of this writing, Microsoft’s new desktop operating system has reached over 1.3 billion monthly active devices.
Windows 10 has had a long journey. It had a tumultuous start (though arguably not as rocky as Windows 8’s), and although the OS has changed significantly over time thanks to constant security patches, it’s also had its fair share of controversy, including the infamous bug that erased user files.
Nonetheless, now that previous iterations of the operating system have been phased out, it’s the only real choice for users and businesses who want to continue with the convenience of Windows. With that in mind, the recent growth of Windows 10 was perhaps unavoidable; of course, the Covid-19 pandemic has likely bolstered usage numbers as well.
Indeed, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed this in a statement. “Over a year into the pandemic, digital adoption curves aren’t slowing down,” the executive said. “They’re accelerating, and it’s just the beginning. We are building the cloud for the next decade, expanding our addressable market and innovating across every layer of the tech stack to help our customers be resilient and transform.”
Microsoft has previously set a target of one billion monthly active devices, but it exceeded that number in March 2021. That means the OS has gained an additional 300 million system instals in just over a year, which is very impressive.
This news comes from Microsoft’s latest earnings report, where the company announced (fiscal year) Q3 2021 revenues of $41.7 billion; a 19 percent increase year-over-year. Microsoft attributes this to rising interest in its various cloud computing products.
It remains to be seen if Microsoft will be able to sustain its current growth rate. If it succeeds, Windows 10 will be able to hit two billion monthly active devices earlier rather than later; only time can tell.