Windows 10 Appears To Be In A Deployment Slump Of Sorts
Terry Myerson cited an interesting number at the outset of the Windows Developer Day Keynote speech last week and that number was... 400 Million. He does refer to a Windows 10 success story (of sorts) indicating that it is off to the "fastest start in Windows history". Well, that may be depending on the perspective but Myerson cited that 400 million number of users last week and it is the same number (although clearly an estimate) as was reported in September 2016. So just how well is Windows 10 doing? Clearly, other than what was just mentioned, that has yet to be determined. There are quite a few cool things about the new tech Windows 10 can integrate with and much of that is impressive. Many developers really do enjoy working with those things and being productive with new tech in general. This will likely lead to growth in the deployment of Windows 10 but there are still things which contribute to how Windows 10 appears to be in a deployment slump of sorts.
Terry Myerson was not the only speaker at the Windows Developer Day event, and although Windows 10 was the specific focus as much time was spent on the new SDK which is now deemed "Feature Complete" according to Kevin Gallo, and how Windows 10 will complement multiple devices so developers can create for all of those supported platforms. These and other improvements will also help Windows 10 but they do not have much pull with the average PC user. The average PC user is likely the biggest contributor to the current deployment slump of Windows 10. There have been substantiated indications that privacy is more of a concern than ever before with Windows 10 due to the way it demands data and feedback from its customers. This has been widely reported and likely leaves many people concerned as to how they can deal with it, if at all. Although Windows 8/.1 was not really ever a factor Windows 7 does remain extremely popular and there is no doubt a very large contingent of average PC users who will simply not give it up easily. Until January of 2020 when Microsoft officially ends support for Windows 7 most of these people will still be using it instead of Windows 10.
Have a look for yourself at Windows Developer Day and Windows Creator Update