Windows 10 is now working on over 1 billion month-to-month energetic units, simply six months after passing the 900 million gadget milestone. Microsoft has been constantly including 100 million energetic Windows 10 units each six months over the previous two years. Windows 10 additionally handed 50% desktop market share in August.

The milestone is notable as a result of Microsoft initially aimed to hit 1 billion units working Windows 10 “in two to three years”. A 12 months in, the corporate backpedaled on that aim after it turned clear that Windows 10 Mobile was a failure. (Android has over 2.5 billion month-to-month energetic units.) Windows 10 was launched 4 years and eight months in the past in July 2015. It thus took the corporate greater than double its formidable estimate and 20 months longer than its conservative estimate to cross 1 billion Windows 10 units.

What’s subsequent for Windows 10

Microsoft hasn’t been standing nonetheless although. In October, the corporate introduced Windows 10X, a brand new taste of Windows 10 designed for dual-screen PCs. At the identical time, the corporate unveiled the dual-screen Surface Neo working Windows 10X, whereas promising dual-screen PCs from companions Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Microsoft can also be growing Surface Duo, a foldable Android telephone. Its cell OS wager failed, so now Microsoft is double dipping on dual-screen units. Microsoft’s market place makes it one of many gamers to look at because the business makes an attempt to determine the following type issue.

Microsoft additionally shared at present that Windows 10 powers 80,000 fashions and configurations of laptops and 2-in-1s from over 1,000 totally different producers. And after all HoloLens, at present’s Xbox consoles, and the upcoming Xbox Series X all run Windows 10 variants.

Windows 10 is the brand new regular. In January, Microsoft ended assist for Windows 7 — it’s solely a matter of time earlier than one other 500 million units or so are working Windows 10. Here is how Microsoft put it at present:

Windows 10 now runs on 1 billion devices

One in each seven folks on the planet are planning, creating, ideating, executing, transferring, shaking, and doing nice issues with Windows 10. With 100% of the Fortune 500 now utilizing Windows 10 units, it has grow to be a essential platform for driving enterprise transformation within the enterprise and past. As corporations transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10, they’re making a dedication to working their enterprise extra effectively, extra securely, and positioning themselves to supply higher merchandise, companies, and options to their clients.

As you’ll be able to see within the chart above, Windows 10 was adopted extra shortly than its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows eight from the very starting. But Windows 10 can also be a really totally different beast.

Major updates each six months

Microsoft used to launch a brand new model of Windows each three years. Now it releases a significant Windows 10 replace twice a 12 months, tried and examined by 17.eight million Windows Insiders.

That’s potential as a result of Windows 10 is developed as a service, which means it receives new options frequently. Microsoft has launched eight main updates up to now: November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, Fall Creators Update, April 2018 Update, October 2018 Update, May 2019 Update, and November 2019 Update.

The ninth replace will arrive in a month or two. While the 1 billion mark got here late, Windows 10’s replace system is the true success.