When Microsoft first unveiled Windows 10 back in 2015, they had an ambitious goal in mind. They expected that within the first three years of its launch, it would have 1 billion users in total. They even offered the operating system for free in the beginning and allowed for Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to it quite smoothly for the first year of its launch.
This ambition, however, did not pan out as they’d hoped. See at the time, they were hoping for Windows Phone to aid in this endeavor. They wanted Windows 10 and Windows Phone to go hand-in-hand. However, Windows Phone failed to catch on as they’d hoped. So, that three-year mark came and went, and Windows 10 didn’t manage to get 1 billion total users.
Finally Hitting Their Target
That has changed recently, though, as it finally achieved that landmark. Panos Panay, the head of Microsoft’s Surface brand, recently released a video on his Instagram in celebration of them finally hitting this goal. It may have taken five long years, but they got there in the end.
He expresses his delight about this fact in the post’s caption. “The team made this video to celebrate making it to 1 billion MAD on Windows 10 and I wanted to share it with all of you.
Now at a time when so much of our work and communication is taking place through our devices, it’s especially humbling to know that Windows can help empower a billion people to stay connected to the things and people they care about #Windows.”
A Celebration Of Windows 10
The video itself starts as a retrospective on Windows as a whole. It showcases the welcome screens of old Windows versions, such as Windows 95 and Windows XP. It also shows off how the start menu button has evolved over the years. In the middle of the video, however, it transitions into something we haven’t yet seen on Windows 10.
A New Look Windows 10
The logos start transforming from their traditional squares to a cleaner, more circular design. Even the colour of the tiles goes from the trademark Windows 10 blue to a softer look. We then see a new look for the right-click menu, as well as an option to resize and recolour the cursor.
These design changes are presumably a part of a massive new update that Microsoft has in the works. We’ve already seen some of these design elements sprinkled in through previous updates. When it arrives, it is set to be the biggest UI change that Windows 10 has ever received.