We, & rdquo want to move from people needing Windows to picking Windows, to loving Windows. That’s our daring goal, said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella three years ago. At that time, Microsoft was unveiling more information about Windows 10, and surprising people with technology like the HoloLens headset. It had been a thrilling time of opportunity and optimism that had Microsoft gambling on people loving Windows so much that Windows 10 will be operating on 1 billion devices in three years. Neither bet worked out, which is nice, because Windows as we know it’s is no longer critical to Microsoft’s future success.

Microsoft announced a reorganization yesterday. It is the 4th shuffle inside the business within the last five years, and also the most important of Nadella’s tenure. Microsoft is dividing Windows across the business, to different parts. Terry Myerson, a 21 year Microsoft veteran, is leaving the business and his job as Windows chief. The main development of Windows is moved into a cloud and AI team, and a brand new team will take over the adventures, Windows 10 users see as programs, the Start menu, along with new features. There is a lot of shuffling going on, however Nadella’s 1, 300 word memo leaves little doubt within the true future of business: cloud and AI.Experiences, instead of Windows, are also a large hint at how Microsoft and Nadella see the OS from the broader facet of computing generally.

Android has 2 billion monthly active devices, and over 1 billion Apple devices are in active use around the world. Microsoft always asserts that 1.5 billion people use Windows, although there are signs that this number might be dropping. Windows 10 is running on over 600 million devices, such as PCs, tablets, Xbox One console, HoloLens headsets, and even Surface Hub devices and phones. Microsoft’s own Windows trends show that Windows 10 was operating on 45% of all PCs and tablets in Nov, meaning total Windows usage might have got slipped to 1.33 billion. Windows is not dead, but it is definitely not as significant to Microsoft anymore and it’ll play a very different part in the company’s future. Microsoft needs to follow and provide cloud solutions and programs to individuals on the platforms they’re using. The business has seen great success with Office 365 and programs such as Outlook for mobile, and Microsoft expects two thirds of its Office users may have moved to its subscription cloud support by next year.