Windows 10 reaches 300 million devices mark

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Windows 10 reaches 300 million devices mark

Microsoft announced that Windows 10 surpassed the 300 million devices mark, and that momentum continues despite what some have perceived as a slowdown in installations.

Writing on the Microsoft corporate blog, Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, said Windows has become “one of the largest online services in less than a year,” an interesting choice of words for an operating system.

“We’re seeing people at home, at schools, at small businesses, at large companies and other organizations adopt Windows 10 faster than ever, and use Windows 10 more than ever before,” he wrote.

Mehdi followed up with a series of interesting stats. Among them: over 63 billion minutes were spent on Microsoft Edge in March alone, with 50 percent growth in minutes since the last quarter. This despite Edge/IE being supplanted in sure by Google’s Chrome, according to NetApplications. Also, Cortana, the personal digital assistant in Windows 10, has helped answer over six billion questions since launch.

The rest were app store and game stats, which isn’t really important outside of gaming. However, with the Steam survey showing Windows 10 has surpassed Windows 7, 38 percent to 32.5 percent, it’s not surprising that Windows 10 has gained traction with gamers. It’s generally considered a faster operating system than Windows 7, and gamers are all about performance.

Mehdi also promoted the forthcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which would include many new features and tools, including new tools for educators.

He also reminded readers that the free upgrade offer will end soon, and Windows 10 for home use will carry a $119 price tag after July 29, the day the one-year anniversary for Windows 10 hits the market.

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