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Microsoft’s total Windows 10 user numbers are huge

Microsoft’s Windows 10 has been available to consumers for nearly a year, so it’s no surprise that software has seen impressive uptake.

Windows 10 now has 270 million monthly active users. That’s a boost on the 200 million devices using the operating system, as reported by Microsoft in January this year.

The announcement came courtesy of Terry Myerson, Executive VP of Windows and Devices, speaking at today’s Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco

“[Windows 10] already being actively used by over 270 million people,” said Myerson, speaking to developers and press at the event. “Customers are more engaged than ever before, spending over 75 billion hours on Windows 10.”

terry myersonTerry Myerson speaking at Microsoft Build 2016

“Our hardware partners have launched over 500 devices designed for Windows 10,” he continued. “We’re humbled by this response across the globe.”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduced the keynote, saying: “Technology is so much more mainstream, it’s embedded in our daily lives.”

Nadella continued: “I am an optimist. We as a company are optimistic about what technology can do for us. I believe technology can in fact drive economic growth all over the world. I believe technology can empower us in our daily lives. I believe technology can be used to preserve our enduring values.”

“[Windows 10] is the fastest growing version of Windows with both consumers and enterprise,” added the CEO.

Windows 10Windows 10 was launched to consumers on July 29, 2015

Related: Windows 10 features

Windows 10 was officially unveiled in September 2014 after being demoed at Build 2014 earlier that year. The consumer release of the software took place on July 29, 2015, with release to volume licensing on August 1, 2015.

Within 24 hours of release, Microsoft confirmed that over 14 million devices were running Windows 10. That grew to 75 million by August 26, and 110 million as of October 6.

According to StatCounter, Windows 10 currently holds a 14.86% market share of desktop and laptop systems, below Windows 7 with 46.08%. Windows 8.1 places third with 11.43%, followed by Apple’s Mac OS X with 9.33%.


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