Microsoft: Windows 10 Now on 300M Devices, Two Months Left to Upgrade for Free

Microsoft has announced that as of today, 300 million PCs, phones, tablets, laptops, and Xbox Ones are all running Windows 10. In January, 200 million devices were running the latest version of Microsoft’s OS, so at this rate, expect around 350 million users to be on Windows 10 by July.

Speaking of July, Microsoft also reminded everyone today that on July 30th, you’ll no longer be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Last year on July 29th when W10 launched, Microsoft allowed customers to update their devices to the latest software without paying any fees for a full year, and as that year begins to wind down, MS hopes that you’ll upgrade soon to a) keep yourself up-to-date and b) expand the number of users in their Windows 10 database.

When the free period does come to a close, however, you’ll have to fork up $119 to upgrade to Windows 10 Home. For Windows 10 Pro, $199 will be your bill. If you’ve got a Windows computer sitting around right you want version 10 on, update it now. Otherwise, you’ll be sorry, and your wallet will probably not talk to you for a while.

Here’s Microsoft’s full blog post on the news that broke today:

As we near the one year anniversary of the availability of Windows 10, we’re excited to share that Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices around the world.

We’re pleased to see Windows 10 become one of the largest online services in less than a year. Core to delivering our more personal computing vision, Windows 10 offers experiences that are familiar, safer and more secure, and more personal and productive – enabling innovative new experiences.

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. A few examples:

  • Over 63 billion minutes were spent on Microsoft Edge in March alone, with 50% growth in minutes since the last quarter. Exclusively available on Windows 10, Microsoft Edge is our modern browser for helping you get things done.
  • Cortana, the personal digital assistant in Windows 10, has helped answer over 6 billion questions since launch.
  • People are playing games on Windows 10 more than ever before, with over 9 billion hours of gameplay on Windows 10 since launch.
  • Apps that come with Windows 10, including Photos, Groove Music, and Movies & TV are seeing millions of active users each month, including more than 144 million people using Photos.
  • And, the Windows Store continues to grow daily with new Universal Windows Platform apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger; updated UWP apps from Vine, Hulu, Netflix and Twitter; and popular PC games including Rise of the Tomb Raider and Quantum Break.

These Windows 10 services are getting better and better each month, with significant new innovations shipped in November, and many more coming in the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer. Of course, as part of delivering Windows 10 as a service – any Windows 10 customer can enjoy these innovations – for free.

With the highest customer satisfaction of any version of Windows, we want everyone to enjoy the benefits of Windows 10. We continue to see awesome new Windows 10 devices becoming available – at a price point for everyone. And, today, we want to remind you that if you haven’t taken advantage of the free upgrade offer, now is the time. The free upgrade offer to Windows 10 was a first for Microsoft, helping people upgrade faster than ever before. And time is running out. The free upgrade offer will end on July 29 and we want to make sure you don’t miss out. After July 29th, you’ll be able to continue to get Windows 10 on a new device, or purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home for $119.
Read more at https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/05/05/windows-10-now-on-300-million-active-devices-free-upgrade-offer-to-end-soon/#bhiUu5y1TEDWB7Fb.99