13 March 2019
Microsoft has stated that its Windows 10 operating system (OS) is now running on more than 800 million active devices worldwide, which takes it one step closer to its goal of 1 billion Windows 10 users.
It took the company almost three years and eight months to reach the goal of 800 million devices after it was released in July 2015, according to reports. The company had originally expected to attain the goal of having Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices globally in three years after its release, however, it missed the target last year.
Microsoft had announced in September 2018 that over 700 million devices were running Windows 10, which indicated it had won 100 million new users in less than six months. The company also provides dedicated Windows and Microsoft Store trends webpage; however, the data hasn’t been updated since October when the company decided to hold back the release of Windows 10 version 1809.
Thank you to all our customers and partners for helping us achieve 800 million #Windows10 devices and the highest customer satisfaction in the history of Windows. https://t.co/G3CRdkFoPT pic.twitter.com/je9kvBvYhj— Yusuf Mehdi (@yusuf_i_mehdi) March 7, 2019
"Thank you to all our customers and partners for helping us achieve 800 million Windows 10 devices and the highest customer satisfaction in the history of Windows," Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Modern Life and Devices Group tweeted to celebrate the milestone.
Microsoft is working on expanding its Windows 10 ecosystem with a new “Lite” OS for Chromebook-like devices and dual-screen mobile devices as well. The software giant is expected to share some details about these new initiatives during its annual developer conference in May, later this year.