It has almost been a year since Microsoft released Windows 10. The latest iteration of the company’s operating system now powers more than 300 million devices. Microsoft has made a strong push to get people on Windows 10 and has often been criticized for it as well, but it appears that the company might not be able to meet the deadline that it set for itself to get one billion devices running on Windows 10.
Microsoft set this deadline for itself last year, predicting that more than one billion devices will be running on Windows 10 by mid-2018. Microsoft officials now believe that they might not be able to meet this deadline.
Microsoft officials are reportedly holding on to hope that they can get one billion devices on Windows 10 but conceded that this might not happen by 2018 as originally predicted.
The company has said in a statement that it’s pleased with the progress that Windows 10 has made ever since it was released last year. It’s on more than 350 million monthly active devices currently and continues to grow. However, “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,” Microsoft says.
Microsoft might see some slowdown in growth after July 29th which is the cutoff date for a free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. All users will be required to purchase an upgrade to Windows 10 which costs more than $100 after the cutoff date.