Half-Billion Windows 10 Devices, But PC Slump Stunts Growth

Half-Billion Windows 10 Devices, But PC Slump Stunts Growth

Half-Billion Windows 10 Devices, But PC Slump Stunts Growth

The new Microsoft Graph also powers a new universal, cloud-backed clipboard functionality that will launch with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and that allows you to easily access your clips on multiple devices.

Microsoft's online Office 365 service has some 100 million commercial users monthly, while Cortana digital assistant is used by 140 people monthly, according to the Redmond, Washington-based technology firm. Acer Inc. will bundle the controller and the goggles for $399 for the holiday shopping season, with pre-orders starting today.

That figure is up from 400 million eight months ago, but far short of Microsoft's goal of putting Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by 2018. Microsoft blamed disappointing Surface sales for a revenue shortfall in its most recent years.

The company even tried piggyback on Windows Phone devices, but the attempt went in vain. Windows 10 S only permits users to run apps obtained through Microsoft's online Windows Store, which the company says makes the devices more secure and easier to manage. Thursday, the company said more than 300 million people use the almost two-year-old operating system every day, and do so for more than 3.5 hours a day on average. The Invoke is the first in a planned family of devices developed with third-party manufacturers.

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The Windows Store, though, has lacked some popular apps, and Microsoft is racing to include them.

Microsoft CEO Satya NadellaMicrosoftMicrosoft just announced that three different versions of the free Linux operating system - Ubuntu, Suse, and Fedora - are coming to the Windows Store, the app market in Windows 10. Indeed, it would seem that Microsoft is going down a checklist that it can add to UWP. ZDNet has this week revealed that Microsoft's heavy-handed Windows Store policies mean that the likes of Chrome, Firefox and Opera will probably never find their way onto Windows 10 S.

The store, though, still lacks the Chrome browser from Alphabet's Google, for example. Microsoft said it enables MacOS and iOS developers "to use Microsoft's development tools, since they will no longer need a Windows computer or virtual machine to do so".

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