Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today told shareholders that more than 600 million devices across the world are using Windows 10, at least 100 million more than May this year.
Of course, while they’re counting only monthly active users, that number still includes other devices as well, like the few million Xbox Ones and Windows 10 Mobile Phones etc. The exact number is anyone’s guess, as Microsoft won’t specify.
This does still fall short of the original plan to have a billion system running Windows 10 within three years of its launch. However, in July last year, the company admitted it wouldn’t be able to reach that goal, particularly after it withdrew from the smartphone market. It’s Windows 10 Mobiles were supposed to contribute about 50 million sales a year. However, the company is still on track to hit a cool 700 million by the time the three-year period is up.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has announced adoption numbers for its OS, but it’s of special importance here. The company is trying to prove how popular Windows 10 is in order to convince developers to build apps for the Microsoft Store. The company has been pushing for its Unified Windows Platform to take hold, which would have apps work across Windows 10, the Xbox One and, later, Hololens.