Microsoft has revealed that there are now over one billion devices using Windows 10 around the world. That includes over 80,000 laptop models and configurations from over 1,000 manufacturers, according to the Redmond giant.
The announcement underlines Microsoft’s desktop operating system dominance in terms of sheer numbers. Its closest rival, Apple’s MacOS, represents around 110 million devices, according to Apple analyst Neil Cybart. That suggests Windows 10 alone has ten times the market share of MacOS, putting it in a truly authoritative position.
The news comes two months after Microsoft formally ended support for Windows 7. While there have been concerns over users holding out and refusing to change to more modern versions of Windows, Microsoft will likely be pleased to have so many users running
The sheer number of machines running
Windows 10’s S Mode, for example, restricts users to apps from the Windows Store, a feature we are not particularly fond of. Windows 10X, meanwhile, has two different File Explorers, which is inconsistent at best and downright confusing at worst.
Still, the upcoming launches of the Surface Neo and Surface Duo point to exciting times ahead for the Windows faithful. With Microsoft willing to take a risk and dive into the world of foldable devices, we could see a new chapter unfold for the computing stalwart. We’re still in the early days, but the Surface Neo felt exciting and futuristic when we tried it out (although the required support for almost any kind of app could end up being its Achilles’ heel).
There’s no doubt there are a lot of unanswered questions about the future of
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