Microsoft says it will take longer to reach Windows 10 goal
- Autor: Michael Mitchell Jul 16, 2016,
Jul 16, 2016, 1:57
Microsoft's reorganization of its phone business, to get away from manufacturing a broad selection of Windows smartphones, has been a key factor in the delay. In the year ahead, we are excited about usage growth coming from commercial deployments and new devices - and increasing customer delight with Windows.
A spokesperson for the company told MailOnline: 'The company dropped its appeal to avoid the expense of further litigation'.
Of course, some goals that initially seemed attainable will appear less so after time passes.
The company had hoped to realise the landmark by 2018, but says sluggish Windows 10 Mobile has prompted reassessment.
We all adjust goals as we get down to the hard work of meeting them. The system was released in July 2015. Many older printers, for example, do not have drivers for Windows 10. "I think Microsoft saw it as more aspirational than as a metric, but once they put it out there, people tracked it as a metric".
'Early next year, we expect to be re-categorizing Windows 10 as a 'Recommended Update'. And Microsoft had to kill one of the system's most controversial features, Wi-Fi Sense, because it shared Wi-Fi passwords with users' Facebook friends, Skype and Outlook contacts.
Microsoft's latest numerical claim for Windows 10 was 350 million at the end of June. With that being said, make sure to let us know if you encounter any problems. But that fervency has clearly cooled off dramatically in the past few months - and will likely do so after this month when Windows 10 upgrades will no longer be free.
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Microsoft has also said that it plans to focus its own future phone hardware sales on just 18 'core markets', targeting businesses rather than consumers. But the company now admits those sights were set too high.
If you're looking for growth in Windows 10, look at enterprise migrations.
And they warned automatic installs of Windows 10 could occur on computers running with older versions of their software. About half of all PCs are still running Windows 7, according to Net Market Share. And slowly, they'll add to the numbers of Windows 10 users.
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Second:Some users may want to forgo Windows 10 if they have a device or program they want that is not compatible.
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