Microsoft made a big splash featuring its launch of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. For many PC users, switching to the new Operating system is actually a no-brainer, while for others, 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 over a year to go before Microsoft no more will support Windows 7 for free, the company has achieved a fascinating milestone. Over half of Windows devices in the enterprise are actually running Office 2016 Pro Plus Product Key Purchase, officials are saying.
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 in the commercial device installed base is on Windows 10.”
Once I requested clarification after Ignite, a spokesperson informed me that “based upon Microsoft’s data, we can see there are now more devices in the enterprise running Windows 10 than every other previous version of Windows.”
How 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 includes small/mid-size business (SMB) customers, too, I was told.
Will it be comforting or alarming that simply under 50 percent of Windows devices in enterprises remain with an earlier version of Windows at this point?
This may not be as worrisome as it could seem, given volume licensees have methods to carry on and get security patches for Windows 7 past the January 14, 2020 support cut-off date — either via regards to their Software Assurance agreements and/or if you are paying for these 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 some cases, only months before Windows 10 debuted in July, 2015.
While Microsoft execs are keen to experience up Microsoft’s transition from your Windows company to your cloud vendor, Windows is still an important bit of Microsoft’s overall business. Microsoft doesn’t break out how much of its “More Personal Computing” category arises from Windows. In addition, it includes gaming, Surface and advertising in that 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 under a quarter of overall annual revenues — a share that surely would surprise many, given just how much Microsoft officials discuss the cloud and exactly how little they talk up Windows today.
As usual, Microsoft played up development of its various “commercial cloud” — Azure, Office 365 commercial, Dynamics 365, and LinkedIn commercial services — as an element 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 out there: This fiscal year, Dynamics ERP/CRM is on course hitting $2.5 billion in revenues, with 50 % 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 have reached 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 growth in the quarter, also.