Microsoft's 800M claim for Windows 10 signals migration acceleration
If those numbers are accurate, the company is 80% of the way toward its goal of Windows 10 on 1 billion PCs and devices. But Windows 7 remains very popular, too.
Microsoft has regularly touted numbers for Windows 10, most of the time, although not always, by citing the active monthly devices, or those personal computers, tablets and other systems used within the last month. Microsoft did not say when the 800 million mark was reached.
The milestone put Windows 10 at the 80% mark toward a goal the company once pledged but subsequently discarded. In 2015, Microsoft said it was aiming for a billion Windows 10 devices within two or three years, meaning July 2017 or July 2018. But just a year after Windows 10 launch, the company conceded that the objective was unreachable.
Microsoft blamed that retreat on the failure of its once-ambitious smartphone strategy, which never met sales expectations and ultimately cost the company billions before it wound down a mobile hardware business.