Windows 10 turns five : Have you had the expected success?
How time flies! Windows 10 was officially launched on July 29, 2015, that is, five years ago. As much as if you switched from the little loved Windows 8.1 or the much more popular Windows 7, Microsoft offered a free update for much more than the official one-year period.
For many users, Windows 10 was a much better operating system from the start. Its launch was preceded by a relatively long period of development and testing, in which almost everyone could participate.
Anyone interested could try the versions of ‘Technical Preview’ from October 2014. The Insider Program made its debut during this time and has proven to be a great success, it is now used to test versions of Xbox and Microsoft Office in addition to Windows.
Initial problems due to the popularity of Windows 7
Just before the release of Windows 10 in 2015, then-Windows Director Terry Myerson set the goal for the operating system to be on a billion devices within three years.
Unfortunately, it fell short, reaching the milestone in March of this year. Along with the announcement, Microsoft proudly announced that Windows 10 is actively being used in more than 200 countries and territories.
One of the reasons for the delay was the immense popularity of Windows 7, which many users were reluctant to update. To help encourage them to move to Windows 10, Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.
Windows 10 user base has grown
The gradual elimination of Windows 7 means that the number of active Windows 10 users has grown rapidly in recent months. According to StatCounter, Windows accounts for over 65% of all UK PCs and laptops, with 84% of them being Windows 10.
Windows 10 surpassed Windows 7 in popularity in December 2016 and has grown steadily since then. Currently, the operating system is at its highest point of popularity, surpassed only by Windows XP for active users.
Regular updates to Windows 10
Since its release in July 2015, Windows 10 has received a total of nine major updates, the most recent being May 2020.
It has already been announced that the next major update will arrive this fall. One of the big changes will be the switch from the Edge browser to a chrome engine, the same one that powers Google Chrome. It is part of Microsoft’s strategy to make Edge more competitive, with long-term ambitions to compete with Chrome for popularity.
However, there have been few major changes in recent feature updates, but this could be for the best. In the past few months, many Windows 10 updates have caused problems for users, so reducing the frequency of updates is expected to allow Microsoft to spend more time ensuring they are of high quality.
With more than a billion users, the company has a huge responsibility to ensure that the updates it implements are secure and fully tested.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to buy a Windows 10 device right now, take a look at our roundup of the best laptops on the market.