Windows 10 currently runs on 500 million devices worldwide, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced during its keynote of the Build 2017 conference. Eight months ago the software giant counted 400 million devices. Microsoft will unlikely meet its goal of 1 billion devices by 2018, despite the growth of the OS.
The large increase of Windows 10 systems in the first year after its release was thanks to the free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. In a single year 300 million users switched to Microsoft’s latest operating system.
Windows 10 currently holds a market share of 26.2%, still far behind Windows 7 that is installed on 48.5% of all desktop computers according to Net Applications.