Despite the changes within the industry and consumer space for the past few decades since its existence, Windows is still the de facto product that defines Microsoft for most users. Hence, it is not surprising that the latest iteration of the operating system – Windows 10 – are being used on a lot of devices throughout the world.
By a lot, we really mean a lot as Microsoft has announced at Build 2017 that 500 million active devices are now running Windows 10. This is an increase of 100 million devices since the last time the company shared the same stats back in September 2016.
If you are wondering are there really that many Windows 10 PCs around, the answer is no although PCs still represents the vast majority of these Windows 10 devices. The statistic actually includes other types of devices such as IoT products, HoloLens, Surface Hub, phones, Xbox One and more.
Being a developer event, Microsoft clearly used this statistic at Build 2017 as one of the ways to show the vast opportunity that Windows 10 has for developers out there. Meanwhile, the company will touch more on Windows at its second Build 2017 keynote later today, so stay tuned.