Microsoft announced that as of May 5, 2016 Windows 10 is running on 300 million active devices, up from 270 million monthly active devices as of March 30. This feat comes only nine months after Microsoft’s latest version of its desktop operating system was released.
Microsoft originally stated its goal was to have 1 billion Windows 10 users within the first two to three years; at this current rate, this seems plausible. However, sustaining the current user growth rate will be more of a challenge with the imminent demise of the free upgrade program. Microsoft announced that come July 29, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users with a valid license will no longer be eligible for the free upgrade. After this cut-off date users will be able to continue to get Windows 10 on a new device, or purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home for $199.
There is some skepticism that Microsoft will in fact end the free upgrade program this summer. Windows 7 is the most widely used version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system outnumbering Windows 10 by about three to one. With this being said, there is still a substantial number of people who have not taken advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade. While the end of the free upgrade program will drive users to make the upgrade, we are left wondering if Microsoft will come up with a way of extending or renewing the free upgrade program. Extending this program may help the company build the user base that much more and allow them to reach their goal of 1 billion users much sooner.
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