Ahead of its annual developer conference — BUILD, Microsoft has today announced that Windows 10 is now running on over 700 million devices. The number obviously is still far off from the company’s original goal which was to reach a billion users by 2018. A year ago at the same time, Windows 10 was on nearly 500 million units.
The figure, as always, includes not just computers but also the company’s other platforms like Xbox. It’s safe to say, however, PCs represent a big chunk of that metric considering Microsoft has shuttered its smartphone business as well. While Windows 10 has continued to grow at a steady pace, the PC industry itself is on a decline which might make a little difficult for Microsoft to achieve billion devices milestone.
That being said, Microsoft has made a series of advancements mainly in figuring out how touchscreens should function on traditional computers. In addition to that, the company has brought LTE compatibility and even support for ARM processors which will lead to more appealing Windows 10 tablets.
Instead of merely pushing forward what Windows 10 can, Microsoft’s recent agenda has been to make the most popular PC operating system work well with every other secondary device you might own. Therefore, it has also announced today that Windows 10 is soon getting the ability to mirror Android phone’s screen, notifications, what have you. Although it’s not yet clear how it will integrate with iOS. However, if history is any indication, Microsoft needs first focus on the reliability of these features instead of just keeping adding new ones. Windows 10’s previous attempts at connecting Android phones haven’t turned out as well as Microsoft had originally promised.
Microsoft will be unveiling more updates for Windows 10 and other platforms such as Azure, Office at its three-day-long developer conference, BUILD. We’ll be covering everything here, hence stay tuned for that.