Microsoft announced at its recent Build conference that Windows 10 is now installed on 500 million devices. That milestone took longer than expected for Microsoft to reach. This is mainly due to less Windows Phone sales, plus a large number of Lumia phones that couldn’t upgrade to Windows 10.
An even smaller number of phones were eligible for the Creator’s Update released on April 27, 2017.
A more intense focus on Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality
Microsoft is planning to expand development of its augmented reality system to a larger audience. It also mentioned an easier-to-buy version of its HoloLens for mixed-reality headset starting at $399. In addition, Microsoft is also adding new app experiences to its current lineup of apps, most notably “Story Remix,” which arranges media across platforms like iOS and Android into an easy-to-use timeline.
User privacy and Vulnerability
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated that users “had the right to know” about how their data was used by Microsoft. While citing George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” Nadella expressed that he didn’t want that kind of outcome.
Recently, Microsoft criticized the CIA and NSA on their blog for harboring zero-day vulnerabilities and tools affecting operating systems as early as Windows XP. A recent ransomware attack on various computer systems crippled computer systems on a global scale. A patch was released for Windows XP and Server 2003 users.
Engaging users in the cloud
Microsoft has expressed that the cloud is the future of personal computing. Microsoft recently announced a new Surface Laptop geared toward students. Windows 10 S, a student-oriented OS, will rely on apps in The Windows Store.
Users may upgrade anytime to Windows 10 Professional for just $49. A single license currently costs $200. Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices are set to play a larger role in developing Azure while adding to Microsoft Cloud offerings.
The Future of Windows 10 Mobile
As of April 2017, Windows 10 Mobile had only 1.59% market share. A lack of popular apps has made most users less interested in the platform. This is mostly because developers have left the platform, focusing on iOS and Android.
Even hard-core fans remain skeptical that the OS will continue to exist. A rumored “Surface Phone” which has excited some fans, had its deadline recently pushed to 2019.
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