Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

500M Windows 10 devices, half of 2018 goal

Microsoft employee Dave Rogers pulls off a HoloLens device after trying it out in a Windows mixed reality immersive experience at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Seattle. Microsoft had hoped to reach 1 billion devices by the end of 2018, but now is targeting that milestone for some time in 2019. The new Azure Cloud Shell brings a full Bash shell to the Portal, with support for Microsoft's own PowerShell coming later. The Redmond, Washington, company had already acknowledged it won't reach that goal in time.

Microsoft's India-born chief Satya Nadella today attempted to allay concerns over the increasing use of technology in public life and said building trust was crucial to its utilisation as a tool to "empower" people.

One major difference between Windows 10 S and conventional Windows 10 is that the former can only install apps from the Windows Store. Microsoft is enforcing strict app policies on Windows 10 and those policies might prevent Google Chrome from ever being released on Windows 10 S.

Although it has been easing recently, the PC slump still hasn't ended. But there was plenty for the developers who will build new apps and services used by businesses and consumers.

Microsoft tried to piggyback on the trend by expanding into smartphones, but those attempts have mostly flopped.

It will be interesting to see how Microsoft chases its goal for a Billion users in the next couple of years without a promising smartphone division. A separate survey of IT pros from Dimension Research says that 77 percent of organizations surveyed say they will complete their Windows 10 migrations within the next two years. For example, one new offering unveiled yesterday, Presentation Translator, will use Microsoft's Translation APIs to enable real-time translations in a variety of languages during PowerPoint presentations.

During Build yesterday, Microsoft also demonstrated how it will integrate a variety of its products and services into a sales platform called Tact, which is expected to be released later this year. Both Amazon's Echo and Google's Home devices are striving to do the same thing.

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