Microsoft just ate the humble pie it baked itself when it vowed that Window 10 would be running on 1 billion devices by mid-2018. Maybe they did the first calculation with a market-women calculator; but now using the most advanced scientific Casio calculator, they have arrived at a more realistic estimate that the company is unlikely to hit that target.
In the words of Microsoft:
“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.”
Though Microsoft was at first very serious about its target aiming to make the giant achievement not just on only PC installs, but cutting across also Xbox, IoT devices as well as Windows Phones with Windows 10 Mobile. In the light of recent reality, Microsoft is considering cutting down its positivity owing to the latest struggles Microsoft has been immersed in the mobile space; such bottlenecks only made it more practical that the timeline for the target to be shifted further.
Well my condolences to Bill Gates on this failure of Microsoft. He should take heart, it is not only him that has failed, I too as I had planned he would be my dish washer when I’m 20!