Windows 10 closes in on Microsoft’s 1 billion device goal [source: theverge]

Windows 10 is now running on 800 million devices worldwide, Microsoft has announced. The figure includes not only traditional laptop and desktop PCs, but also hybrids like the Surface Pro, consoles like the Xbox One X, and any phones that are still running the end-of-life Windows 10 Mobile, which will finally stop receiving security updates at the end of this year.

800 million means Windows 10 is comfortably the most popular desktop operating system in the world, but it still falls short of Microsoft’s original aim of having it installed on one billion devices within two to three years of its 2015 release. Microsoft was forced to extend this timeline a year later as a result of the failure of its mobile variant, Windows 10 Mobile,

Windows 10 overtook Windows 7 in popularity last year to become the most popular version of Windows, and is currently installed on just over 40 percent of PCs, according to Net Applications. Windows 7 sits in second place with a share of around 38.5 percent, while the most popular version of MacOS, 10.14 Mojave, has just under five percent.

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