Windows 10 has reached 1 billion active users. The official announcement dates back to just a couple of hours ago. Microsoft’s latest update on this dates back to last September when the devices were “over 900 million”.
The growth of the Redmond giant’s operating system has been fairly steady in recent years, with around a hundred million users added every six months. It is worth mentioning that the initial goal was to reach today’s goal two years ago, but the failure of Windows 10 Mobile did not help out.
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Official: Windows 10 reaches 1 billion active users
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