Microsoft wants 1 billion devices to be running Windows 10 in 2-3 years' time


Microsoft seems pretty poised to get rid of the software fragmentation of its Windows platform and to have one billion devices running the same version of its universal Windows 10 (including PCs, smartphones, and others) platform in 2-3 years' time. 

That's a pretty optimistic expectation as Microsoft is currently faced against pretty steep competition on the smartphone market, coming from Apple's iOS and Google's Android. 

Still, it's worth mentioning that a large portion of the devices running Windows 10 will be desktop PCs, for which Windows 10 update will be a free upgrade for the first year of usage.

As a reminder, Windows 10 for phones and hopefully a new Microsoft flagship smartphone are due out later this year.

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source: Microsoft

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23 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Microsoft is killing it today.

3. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Everyone else also wants the same thing for their OS....

12. dazzmichael

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Now I'm convinced PA does not really like MS, first no MS BUILD count-down and then the major goodies in the Event was not carried.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22218; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed! Microsoft is definitely firing on all cylinders!

19. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Finally❗

2. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

PA so bad at covering this conference. No article about the code conversions? Edge? The fact that there has been an iOS app running on WP (objective C) PA why so selective? hmmm.

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

they will probably do a big article once its all over. hard to write a article about every little thing when you're attending such a big event.

6. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

....yea. we'll go with that haha. but, WC seems to be doing that just fine.

10. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

yeah techradar seems to be doing just fine as well.

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No i think we need another G4 article about the leather back, and a poll about how long it will last, a poll about the color (oops already there), a poll about animal cruelty for leather. Oh hey did you see the article about the G4? There is more articles about the g4's camera than about an even that just dropped a bomb on the mobile world. 90 carrier + billing on pcs, new software. If android would have allowed windows code to be ported and ran and curated for an android device, like windows did, we would have 20 articles explaining how it will allow win32 code to be reused and how android is king.

25. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

They do whenever they cover an Apple, Samsung, Google, etc. event so there is definitely a reason why they aren't doing Microsoft. Maybe they didn't attend it?

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

CODE ^this good move MS

15. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

I don't think it's so much of favorite's but by the person doing the coverage

7. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

If it is as good as all indicates, then I don't think it it is an overestimation.

8. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

The fact that they made Android and iOS apps run on a Windows phone with minimal effort MADE ME CRY OF HAPPINESS since I Love the WP experience :D

9. thunderc8

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Oook....

14. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

MS still hallucinating about making people wanna buy WP's. Whatever they are smoking I want it too!

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's about Windows 10 not WP. There's already over 1 billion Windows devices in the world right now. All they need is 75% adoption and they've hit their mark, especially since the upgrade will be free during the first year. Put down the Duchie.

20. thunderc8

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Half of my costumers are still using windows xp, maybe some time but not in 2-3 years time.

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Your user base is not the same stats that other sights report. Right now about 60-70% of pcs are windows 7, about 17% for xp. So again even if they got just 7 users to switch. That is 500 million in a year. We know 8 users will switch probably the fastest putting them at 15% adoption rate probably in just a few months.

16. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

That's a lofty goal but its doubtful that it'll happen.

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no worries.. pirates will help microsoft spread their new product.. as always :D

24. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Doesn't make sense to pirate something that's free. Microsoft is even allowing pirated versions of previous releases to update for free. That's what I call cutting out the middleman.

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