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Windows 10 now running on 300 million machines; free upgrade ends on July 29

Microsoft Windows 10 reaches 300 million active machines even at a time when PC sales are declining every quarter

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at Build 2016 announced Windows 10 reaching 270 million machines (Source: AP)

Microsoft Windows 10 is now running on 300 million machines. During company’s annual developer conference Build 2016, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had announced Windows 10 install base reaching 270 million machines.

It is a significant number for Microsoft considering the plethora of issues that have surrounded Windows 10. Windows 10 was designed ground up after the disappointing reactions to Windows 8 from users. Windows 10 skips on the learning curved and brings the familiar layout of Windows 7.

Windows 10 also hides the popular live tiles in the redesigned Start Menu and has more interactive live tile menu in the tablet mode. The advantage for Windows 10 is how easily it can scale across form factors. From a smartphone to HoloLens, Redmond based software major has managed to keep the base codes same.

Last week, Facebook announced its new app designed primarily for Windows 10. The social networking giant also launched redesigned Messenger and Instagram apps, again designed with Windows 10 in mind.

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Finally Microsoft is making small strides towards reaching the ultimate goal of 1 billion Windows 10 devices in three years time. Windows 10 was launched globally on July 29 and has seen significant updates fixing various performance issues.

If numbers are anything to go by, Microsoft has added 30 million machines since the Build announcement. Readers should note Windows 10 numbers now includes PC, tablets, smartphones and Xbox devices.

With 300 million machines in a span of 10 months, Microsoft has made a big time comeback from nowhere. The company has also announced that Windows 10 will cost $119 from July 30 onwards. The upgrade is free for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.