Microsoft made a big splash with 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 enterprise is prepared to make the switch, here’s a close look at Windows 10 to help you determine if the new OS is truly better, stronger, and faster.
With only spanning a year to travel before Microsoft no longer will support Windows 7 for free, the business has achieved an interesting milestone. Over fifty percent of all the Windows devices inside the enterprise are running Office 2016 Pro Plus For Sale, officials are saying.
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 “over half in the commercial device installed base is on Windows 10.”
When I asked for clarification after Ignite, a spokesperson told me that “based on Microsoft’s data, we are able to see nowadays there are 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 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 used to be told.
Could it be comforting or alarming that just under 50 percent of Windows devices in enterprises are still with an earlier version of Windows at this point?
This may not be as worrisome as it could seem, given volume licensees have approaches to still get security patches for Windows 7 beyond the January 14, 2020 support cut-off date — either via relation to their Software Assurance agreements and/or if you are paying for such 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 play up Microsoft’s transition from your Windows company to a cloud vendor, Windows continues to be a substantial bit of Microsoft’s overall business. Microsoft doesn’t bust out the amount of its “More Personal Computing” category arises from Windows. Additionally, it includes gaming, Surface and advertising in that segment, which contributed $10.7 billion for your quarter. “Productivity and Business Processes” brought in $9.8 billion and “Intelligent Cloud,” $8.6 billion.
Recently, a high company executive said that Microsoft’s cloud business was contributing slightly less than a quarter of overall annual revenues — a percentage that surely would surprise many, given how much Microsoft officials speak about the cloud and how little they talk up Windows nowadays.
As usual, Microsoft played up expansion of its various “commercial cloud” — Azure, Office 365 commercial, Dynamics 365, and LinkedIn commercial services — as part 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 going to $2.5 billion in revenues, with half of these provided by Dynamics 365 — and also 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 ahead of the coming holiday quarter. And server products continued to exhibit strong increase in the quarter, too.