Microsoft broke the ice at its Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle today by announcing that Windows 10 is now running on 500 million monthly active devices, The Seattle Times reports. That puts Microsoft halfway towards its original goal of reaching 1 billion Windows 10 devices by around the middle of 2018, a target it is likely to miss.
Microsoft revised that goal after coming to the realization that it would fall short. In July of last year, Microsoft blamed the setback on the focus it put on its phone hardware business, telling ZDNet „it will take longer than FY18 for us to reach our goal of 1 billion monthly active devices.“
It now looks like it will take quite a bit longer, though Microsoft isn’t down on itself. Citing unnamed sources who are supposedly familiar with Microsoft’s plans, The Verge says Microsoft is shooting for 550 million monthly active Windows 10 devices by the end of June, and 575 million by the end of September.
Microsoft bases its…