Fourteen months after Microsoft released Windows 10, its “last” Windows version ever, the company said the new operating system is now running on more than 400 million devices around the world. That’s an increase of more than 50 million since Microsoft last updated its usage figures earlier this year.
Calling the OS “the most secure Windows,” Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, said on Monday that enterprises are moving faster than ever to adopt Windows 10. Unlike past iterations of the operating system, future updates to Windows 10 will be rolled out automatically via the cloud, rather than as discrete and separate versions.
Mehdi added that new features announced Monday at Microsoft’s enterprise-focus Ignite conference will provide even stronger security for Windows 10 users.
Those updates include Secure Productive Enterprise and a new Enterprise Mobility + Security E5 suite, both of which will be available starting Saturday. Among the other new enterprise offerings arriving soon are Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, both of which are due for release in October.
Adoption Rates 150% Faster than for Windows 7
The adoption rate for Windows 10 is running 150 percent faster than that for Windows 7, Mehdi said during the opening session of the Ignite conference in Atlanta Monday. He cited the security of the new operating system as a big reason that large organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Defense, are adopting Windows 10.
“[T]he work that they’ve done to push forward to get to over 4 million devices planned over the next year is pretty incredible across all branches of the military,” Mehdi said.
Other organizations that have adopted Windows 10 include Land O’Lakes, Expedia, Kimberly Clark and Union Bank & Trust, Mehdi said in a blog post Monday,.
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