300 million ‘active’ devices now run Windows 10, as free upgrade offer nears expiration

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If you were perhaps fearing Windows 10 would stop growing as the novelty factor wears off and the mobile iteration’s lack of focus deepens, a recent blog post penned by Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate VP of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, should alleviate your concerns.

After reaching the 100 million milestone back in September 2015, and crossing 200 million activations a little over three months later, the first Redmond-developed desktop OS offered for free to the masses is now on 300 million “active devices.”

That likely includes tablets, convertibles and (a few) smartphones, and as far as traditional computers go, it’s apparently enough to account for more than 15 percent of the global market, according to the latest NetMarketShare statistics.

Windows 7 of course continues to reign supreme, with close to 48 percent of the pie, but both XP and 8.1 are far behind version 10 for several months now. The 300 million activations were achieved in roughly nine months, by the way, which reminds us and Mehdi the one-year gratis upgrade offer on Microsoft will not be good for much longer.

Only until July 29, to be exact, when the OS thus far delivered “as a service” turns one, and starts to cost $119 for new adopters and old, pirates and owners of genuine Windows 7 and 8.1 licenses.

In the meantime, MS remembers to gloat about more feats than just the 300 million landmark, including exceeding 140 million users of W10’s native Photos app, getting Cortana to answer over 6 billion questions since its launch, and boosting the Edge browser by 50 percent quarter-on-quarter, to 63 billion minutes spent online in March alone. No mobile-specific triumphs? Message received loud and clear.

Source: Windows Blogs

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