Microsoft made a big splash with its launch of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. For many PC users, switching to the new OS is a no-brainer, while for some individuals, it’s a close call. If you haven’t decided whether your business is prepared to make the switch, here’s a good look at Windows 10 to help you determine if the new Operating system is truly better, stronger, and faster.
With only more than a year to go before Microsoft no more will support Windows 7 at no cost, the organization has achieved an appealing milestone. More than half of all Windows devices within the enterprise are actually running Office 2016 Pro Plus For Sale, officials are saying.
Microsoft officials began floating this number on the company’s recent Ignite IT pro conference. During Microsoft’s Q1 FY19 earnings call on October 24, CEO Satya Nadella stated it quite plainly, telling analysts and press that “more than half of the commercial device installed base is on Windows 10.”
Once I requested clarification after Ignite, a spokesperson told me that “according to Microsoft’s data, we are able to see nowadays there are more devices inside the enterprise running Windows 10 than every other previous version of Windows.”
So 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 was told.
Is it comforting or alarming that just under 50 percent of Windows devices in enterprises remain upon an earlier version of Windows at this time?
This may not be as worrisome as it could seem, given volume licensees have methods to continue to get security patches for Windows 7 beyond the January 14, 2020 support cut-off date — either via regards to their Software Assurance agreements and by paying for these 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 from your Windows company to a cloud vendor, Windows remains an important bit of Microsoft’s overall business. Microsoft doesn’t break out how much of its “More Personal Computing” category originates from Windows. In addition, it 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 top-notch company executive claimed that Microsoft’s cloud business was contributing slightly less than a quarter of overall annual revenues — a share that surely would surprise many, given exactly how much Microsoft officials speak about the cloud and just how little they talk up Windows today.
As always, Microsoft played up growth of its various “commercial cloud” — Azure, Office 365 commercial, Dynamics 365, and LinkedIn commercial services — as part of its latest earnings. In Q1FY19, Microsoft zhatrd $8.5 billion in commercial cloud revenues, officials said.
A fascinating statistic that Microsoft execs related threw on the market: This fiscal year, Dynamics ERP/CRM is on the right track going to $2.5 billion in revenues, with one half of these coming from Dynamics 365 — as well as 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 at 32.5 million now.Gaming revenue was up 44 percent for that quarter, with officials citing strong GamePass, Xbox Live and hardware sales ahead of the coming holiday quarter. And server products continued to exhibit strong increase in the quarter, also.