Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Microsoft announces 800 million Windows 10 users

Microsoft announces 800 million Windows 10 users

"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, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Modern Life & Devices Group, tweeted on Thursday. Now, it's looking like the giant may round up the number in 2020, sitting now at 800 million.

The milestone put Windows 10 at the 80% mark toward a goal the company once pledged but subsequently discarded.

Microsoft has strong plans to release Windows 10 1903 to the Windows users after making all the necessary changes. However, it will take longer than FY18 to reach its goal of one billion monthly active devices because of the focusing of its phone hardware business.

Net Applications' measurements include only personal computers; Microsoft's count also covers Xbox consoles, tablets and what few Windows-powered smartphones remain running.

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Windows 10 was originally offered as a free upgrade to users who were running Windows 7 and 8.1 and performed the switch in the first 12 months after the launch. Since then though, the operating system has surpassed Windows 7 in total installs. Microsoft's latest Windows 10 October 2019 Update hasn't helped with that image since the company had to pull the update back after releasing it to the public and receiving data loss complaints.

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