According to ZDNet, Windows 10 is now running on 270 million devices. At one time, Microsoft was targeting 1 billion devices by 2018. Whether they reach the goal will depend on sales of PCs, which has been slowing down the last few years. PC sales peaked about 5 years ago.
Microsoft has been going through a transformation over the years. It has been slow, but the changes are dramatic if you haven’t been paying attention. Microsoft no longer makes a ton of money on the Windows platform. Far from it. Just take a look at the areas where Microsoft made the most money this past year based on revenue.
- Server and Cloud Services (Azure)
- Gaming (Xbox)
- Microsoft Office
- Windows OS
Windows OS is only 10% of Microsoft’s total revenue, and it grew a paltry 5% despite the Windows 10 release last year. Sales on Azure on the other end, grew a whopping 140% more than last year.
If you were shopping for an app, at $8 billion dollars, would you buy Slack?
Slack is one of the hottest app in the last year. Microsoft doesn’t think so. They were thinking of it at one time, but apparently former CEO Bill Gates doesn’t think it’s a great idea.
Slack has $2.8 billion valuation. They have 2.3 million active users, and about 650,000 paid users, and they recently received $160 million funding.