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Microsoft ‘Accepts Defeat’

Software giant Microsoft has accepted that it will not be able to meet its goal of 1 billion Windows 10 users by 2018. In a statement, first obtained by Zdnet, the company conceded that it may miss the 2018 deadline and that it will take longer than FY18 for Windows 10 to hit the 1-billion mark.
The company has blamed this on its retreat from the phone business.

“Windows 10 is off to the hottest start in history with over 350 million monthly active devices, with record customer satisfaction and engagement. We’re pleased with our progress to date, but due to the focusing of our phone hardware business, it will take longer than FY18 for us to reach our goal of 1 billion monthly active devices. In the year ahead, we are excited about usage growth coming from commercial deployments and new devices — and increasing customer delight with Windows,” said Microsoft spokesperson in a statement.

Microsoft had set the target of rolling out the OS to 1 billion devices by mid-2018, just before launching the latest version of its Windows operating system.

Earlier, at the company’s developer conference Build 2016, its Windows and Devices chief Terry Myerson said that the 1-billion devices mark would include all the compatible products like desktops, laptops, Windows Phone, surface devices and more. But the firm itself confirmed that Windows Phone was not of much focus in 2016.

Microsoft’s rumoured Surface Phone may help the company in if not achieving, but surely in reaching near its goal. The handset has been under speculations for quite some time now.

According to earlier reports, the Surface phone might be powered by Qualcomm’s next flagship Snapdragon 830 processor. The chipset called MSM8998 or Snapdragon 830 supports up to 8GB RAM. Since the handset is expected to arrive in 2017, Qualcomm will get enough time to work on its Snapdragon 830 processor and launch it officially. The smartphone is also said to come in three variants.
Microsoft’s free ‘upgrade to Windows 10’ offer too is ending this month.
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