Microsoft made a big splash featuring its launch of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. For most PC users, switching to the new OS is a no-brainer, while for others, it’s a close call. If you haven’t decided whether your company is ready to make the switch, here’s a close 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 longer will support Windows 7 at no cost, the company has achieved an interesting milestone. Over fifty percent of Windows devices inside the enterprise are running Buy Office 2019 Product Key, officials say.
Microsoft officials began floating this number in 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 asked for clarification after Ignite, a spokesperson told me that “according to Microsoft’s data, we are able to see now there are more devices inside the enterprise running Windows 10 than every other previous version of Windows.”
How does this map to Microsoft’s oft-cited statistic that we now have 200 million commercial Windows 10 devices? It doesn’t really, as that 200 million number includes small/mid-size business (SMB) customers, too, I had been told.
Is it comforting or alarming that just under 50 percent of Windows devices in enterprises are still upon an earlier version of Windows at this time?
This might not be as worrisome as it could seem, given volume licensees have methods 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 or by paying for these particular patches via Extended Security Updates.
Microsoft introduced Windows 7 in July, 2009. Numerous enterprise customers didn’t begin deploying Windows 7 well into its lifecycle, and in many cases, 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 some cloud vendor, Windows continues to be an important piece of Microsoft’s overall business. Microsoft doesn’t break out the amount of its “More Personal Computing” category arises from Windows. Additionally, it includes gaming, Surface and advertising because 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 said that Microsoft’s cloud business was contributing slightly less than a quarter of overall annual revenues — a share that surely would surprise many, given just how much Microsoft officials speak about the cloud and how little they talk up Windows these days.
As always, Microsoft played up development 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.
An interesting statistic that Microsoft execs related threw on the market: This fiscal year, Dynamics ERP/CRM is on track hitting $2.5 billion in revenues, with one half of these coming from Dynamics 365 — and 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 have reached 32.5 million now.Gaming revenue was up 44 percent for your 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, as well.