Microsoft made a big splash with its release of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. For most PC users, switching to the new Operating system is a no-brainer, while for other people, it’s a close call. If you haven’t decided whether your enterprise is prepared to make the switch, here’s a good look at Windows 10 to help you determine if the new OS is truly better, stronger, and faster.
With only over a year to travel before Microsoft no longer will support Windows 7 at no cost, the organization has achieved an interesting milestone. More than half of all the Windows devices inside the enterprise are running Windows 10 Product Key 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 in the commercial device installed base is on Windows 10.”
After I asked for clarification after Ignite, a spokesperson informed me that “according to Microsoft’s data, we could see now there are more devices in the enterprise running Windows 10 than some other previous version of Windows.”
So how exactly 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 also includes small/mid-size business (SMB) customers, too, I had been told.
Could it be comforting or alarming that just under fifty percent of Windows devices in enterprises continue to be with an earlier version of Windows at this stage?
This might not be as worrisome as it might seem, given volume licensees have approaches to still get security patches for Windows 7 past the January 14, 2020 support cut-off date — either via relation to their Software Assurance agreements or if you are 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 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 a cloud vendor, Windows remains an important part of Microsoft’s overall business. Microsoft doesn’t break out the amount of its “More Personal Computing” category comes 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 top company executive said that Microsoft’s cloud business was contributing slightly under a quarter of overall annual revenues — a percentage that surely would surprise many, given just how much Microsoft officials speak about the cloud and exactly how little they talk up Windows these days.
As usual, Microsoft played up expansion 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.
An interesting statistic that Microsoft execs related threw available: This fiscal year, Dynamics ERP/CRM is on track to hit $2.5 billion in revenues, with 50 % of these originating 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 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 increase in the quarter, as well.