Windows 10 is now installed on 800 million devices, bringing Microsoft closer to the goal of 1 billion active devices for the operating system.
Microsoft last divulged Windows usage numbers last fall, when it said the operating system was on 700 million devices. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley notes that the regular updates on Windows 10’s spread slowed because executives were trying to count installations on virtual machines, which complicated the process.
Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of modern life & devices at Microsoft, tweeted out the accomplishment.
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
While Microsoft hasn’t been able to reach the lofty goal of getting 1 billion users within 2 to 3 years of the Windows 10 launch, 800 million is still a huge number. Microsoft has helped juice the spread of the operating system by putting out new and updated Surface computers and tablets, new Xbox consoles and more over the years.