We all loved Windows 7. Well, almost all of us. And for quite a long time, most computing devices ran on Windows 7 and were quite contented with it actually. However, times are changing and we should keep abreast with all the changes and tech advancements now made available to the masses. Microsoft launched Windows 8 for that very purpose several years back. Unfortunately, it fell short of its glory and PC sales actually went down ever since its release.
Fortunately, Microsoft is trying to redeem itself with the release of Windows 10. It’s been two years now and millions of devices are already using it. So far so good. It’s like Windows 7 but has definitely leveled up and proving to be at par with the technology we have today.
Microsoft’s latest version of Windows is faring better than its maligned predecessor, but the software’s growth is still stunted by a shift away from personal computers.
Windows 10 is now running on a half-billion devices nearly two years after its release, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella disclosed Wednesday during the software maker’s annual conference for applications programmers.
That figure is up from 400 million eight months ago, but far short of Microsoft’s goal of putting Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by 2018. The Redmond, Washington, company had already acknowledged it won’t reach that goal in time .
Windows 10 represents a comeback for Microsoft after the colossal flop of Windows 8, whose ill-conceived designed deepened a decline in PC sales and contributed to the departure of Nadella’s predecessor, Steve Ballmer.
Although it has been easing recently, the PC slump still hasn’t ended.
While 400 million seems already a lot to the ordinary person, it falls short of Microsoft’s goal of hitting the one billion mark roughly 3 years from now. 600 million may be a lot to catch up but the company still has 3 years to work hard and gain new users or convert Apple users and even existing Windows 7 and 8 users and other users of less popular operating systems. They are also missing out a lot on the wider smart gadget user market that mostly use Apple iOS or Google’s Android. But depending on how you see it, it can actually be an untapped opportunity for growth for Microsoft or the other way around.
At Microsoft’s Build conference, the dorkiest of companies put on a big show, complete with fog machines and fancy lights, in order to show it’s a cool competitor to Apple and Google. The speakers who came on stage during keynotes had stylish hair. “Do they have dressers backstage?” an attendee asked a group of us when it was all over.
Build exists to get developers excited. The biggest devs blow upwards of $2000 for a three-day pass to the event, where they have unlimited drinks, plentiful meals, and access to Microsoft’s best and brightest. Part of Microsoft’s wooing process involves appearing “hip” to a group of developers who resemble the cast of Silicon Valley in all the worst ways. Hence the light show and Microsoft EVP Terry Myerson’s questionable hoodie and leather vest combo. It wants these devs so amped that they’ll rush back to their MacBook Airs and Surface Books to crank out brilliant software, hopefully for Microsoft’s Windows Store, which has just one third of the apps of much cooler stores from Google and Apple.
With the arrival of Windows 10 S, which can only use apps from the Windows Store, the app marketplace has never been more important than today. Yet time after time over the course of the event, Microsoft dropped the ball on its pitch to developers in favor of niche distractions.
Microsoft may have been the pioneer in the computing world but it’s lagging behind tech giants like Apple and Google that helped shaped the smart tech-savvy people of today who live and breathe social media and everything that the web has to offer. If you look at the past few years, you’ll realize how many people are using it now and the possibilities are endless – not only with what you can now do using these gadgets but to the people behind it that are making lots of money from its sales.
The odds may be too much for Microsoft but they still have three years to work hard and convert roughly 600 million more users to become Windows 10 users and the success of the Windows Store can possibly contribute to their success. While the future remains a mystery to all of us, there remain a few complexities we aren’t thrilled about. Hard drive issues can give you quite a headache. If you happen to find yourself facing one, check our our data recovery services page. Remember you need not face hard drive failures alone because we are here to bring some semblance of normalcy back into your lives with our expert and affordable tech assistance.