Microsoft has set its sights high for the latest version of its Windows operating system.
At today’s Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, the tech giant set some pretty bold goals for its upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Namely, it aims to have over a billion devices worldwide running the OS by 2018. That’s one computer running Windows for every 7 people on the planet!
“Within two to three years of Windows 10’s release, there will be 1 billion devices running Windows 10,” Microsoft VP Terry Myerson said during the keynote address. To put things into comparison, Myerson explained that Android 4.4 “KitKat” is on around 500 million devices, and iOS (presumably iOS 8) is on even fewer devices.
“With Apple, you choose to invest in iOS and OS X. With Google, it’s Android or Chrome OS,” Myerson said. “Windows is the only platform that lets you bring apps to all these devices efficiently.”
Windows 10 launches this summer, and will be made available as a free upgrade for existing Windows users (whether they currently own a pirated or legit copy) for PC and mobile device. Certainly the free upgrade will spark a lot of users to upgrade, but a billion?
Last year, Microsoft also predicted that 600 million users would upgrade their PCs for Windows 10.