Microsoft made a big splash featuring its release of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. For many PC users, switching to the new Operating system is a no-brainer, while for others, it’s a close call. If you haven’t decided whether your business is ready to make the switch, here’s a closer look at Windows 10 to help you determine if the new Operating system is truly better, stronger, and faster.
With just more than a year to go before Microsoft no more will support Windows 7 free of charge, the organization has achieved an interesting milestone. Over fifty percent of all the Windows devices inside the enterprise are actually running Office 2016 Pro Plus For Sale, officials say.
Microsoft officials began floating this number at the company’s recent Ignite IT pro conference. During Microsoft’s Q1 FY19 earnings ask October 24, CEO Satya Nadella stated it quite plainly, telling analysts and press that “more than half from the commercial device installed base is on Windows 10.”
After I requested clarification after Ignite, a spokesperson explained that “according to Microsoft’s data, we could see nowadays there are more devices in the enterprise running Windows 10 than some other previous version of Windows.”
How exactly does this map to Microsoft’s oft-cited statistic that there are 200 million commercial Windows 10 devices? It doesn’t really, as that 200 million number also includes small/mid-size business (SMB) customers, too, I had been told.
Could it be comforting or alarming that just under 50 % of Windows devices in enterprises remain on an earlier version of Windows at this time?
This may not be as worrisome as it can seem, given volume licensees have ways to still get security patches for Windows 7 past the January 14, 2020 support cut-off date — either via terms of their Software Assurance agreements and/or if you are paying for these particular patches via Extended Security Updates.
Microsoft introduced Windows 7 in July, 2009. Several enterprise customers didn’t begin deploying Windows 7 well into its lifecycle, and perhaps, only months before Windows 10 debuted in July, 2015.
While Microsoft execs are keen to play up Microsoft’s transition through the Windows company to a cloud vendor, Windows remains a substantial bit of Microsoft’s overall business. Microsoft doesn’t break out how much of its “More Personal Computing” category originates from Windows. It also includes gaming, Surface and advertising in this segment, which contributed $10.7 billion for that quarter. “Productivity and Business Processes” brought in $9.8 billion and “Intelligent Cloud,” $8.6 billion.
Recently, a high company executive stated that Microsoft’s cloud business was contributing slightly under a quarter of overall annual revenues — a percentage that surely would surprise many, given how much Microsoft officials discuss the cloud and exactly how little they talk up Windows nowadays.
As usual, Microsoft played up growth of its various “commercial cloud” — Azure, Office 365 commercial, Dynamics 365, and LinkedIn commercial services — included in its latest earnings. In Q1FY19, Microsoft zhatrd $8.5 billion in commercial cloud revenues, officials said.
A fascinating statistic that Microsoft execs related threw available: This fiscal year, Dynamics ERP/CRM is on track hitting $2.5 billion in revenues, with half of these originating from Dynamics 365 — and also the rest on premises versions of Dynamics, I’d assume.
Office 365 Commercial subscribers hit the 155 million mark this quarter; Office 365 Consumer subscribers are in 32.5 million now.Gaming revenue was up 44 percent for the quarter, with officials citing strong GamePass, Xbox Live and hardware sales in front of the coming holiday quarter. And server products continued to exhibit strong growth in the quarter, also.