Microsoft Windows 10 Surpasses 1 Billion User Mark

Microsoft Windows 10 Surpasses 1 Billion User Mark


Last September, Microsoft announced that it had reached 900 million users worldwide. It took only 5 months to reach a decisive milestone. And the announcement is official, since it comes from the Italian site of Microsoft. Windows 10 is today installed on a billion devices.




It is therefore through its Italian site that Microsoft sends a “billion thanks” to its users. When Windows 10 was released in 2015, we remember the announcement of Microsoft which envisaged reaching the billion machines “within 2 to 3 years”. Despite the success of the operating system, the Redmond giant had to quickly lower its claims and in 2017, there were “only” 500 million users.


It is now a reality: the billion is reached. In this figure and if we rely on Microsoft’s statements of 2015, the company includes both PCs and tablets like the Surface, but also the Xbox One game console and its different versions (Xbox One S and Xbox One X). Because the console is also running Windows 10. Originally, Microsoft even took into account smartphones running Windows 10 Mobile, but the number of users who still use this type of smartphone is in free fall, we imagine that ‘it doesn’t weigh very much in the balance.





The recent abandonment of Windows 7 on the part of Microsoft has also probably helped to cross this milestone. Especially since it is still possible to migrate for free from Windows 7 to Windows 10. In short, Microsoft has done everything to accelerate the adoption of its operating system. See you in a few years for the 2 billion, who knows? It is very possible.

Whatsapp Will Stop Working On Thousands Of Smartphones

WhatsApp will no longer work on thousands of smartphones from 1 February.


Android and iPhone smartphones which only support outdated operating systems will no longer be able to use Whatsapp.
WhatsApp said the move was necessary in order to protect the security of its users.

Smartphones using Android 2.3.7 and older, and iPhone iOS 8 or older, are those affected by the update.
The operating systems that WhatsApp is dropping support for are legacy operating systems, which are no longer updated or installed on new devices.



Most users have to just update their operating systems in order to continue using the messaging service

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However, certain devices, such as the iPhone 4, which only supports iOS 7, will no longer be compatible with the app.

"WhatsApp clearly had no option but to ensure its service remains secure, however it faces the difficult side-effect that the app is no longer compatible with older smartphones," said CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood.

"This is likely to disproportionally impact the long-tail of its users, particularly in growth markets where there is a high proportion of older devices."

WhatsApp, which was one of the most-downloaded apps of the decade , first warned users that these changes would happen back in 2017.




"This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp," said a spokesperson for the company.

It is the latest in a series of moves after the messaging app withdrew support for numerous devices in 2016, and then from all Windows phones on 31 December, 2019

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