Windows 10 has reached 1 billion active users
Microsoft's Windows 10 is a success - the company reports over 1 billion monthly active devices. This comes less than 5 years after it launched and in that short period of time it has gone far beyond the PC. It does indeed power plenty of desktop PCs along with 80,000 different models and configurations of laptops from 1,000 manufacturers. And, naturally, it's at the heart of the new Xbox consoles, including the upcoming Xbox Series X.

Microsoft is playing with different form factors - going from small screens like on the Surface Pro to huge ones on the Surface Hub 2S interactive whiteboard. Even more interesting is the dual-screen Surface Neo, which will run a special version of the OS dubbed Windows 10X. Then there are the unorthodox devices like the HoloLens (which is also powered by Windows 10).

Mehdi also revealed that there were 17.8 million Windows Insiders - quite the army of unpaid testers.It has taken a long, long time to get to this point. Back in 2015, before Microsoft finally threw in the towel on its Windows Mobile, it expected to get to the magic number by 2018 at worst. Dumping its mobile platform blew a hole in those plans, and while Mehdi bravely pointed to niches such as HoloLens and the moribund Mixed Reality, it is PCs that account for the lion's share of that total. In addition, our site has a large quantity of safe Windows 10 Home For Sale.

While Microsoft's latest attempt at mobile will only add to the Android usage figures (which comfortably spank the Redmondian behind with more than 2.5 billion as of last year), the firm's Windows 10X experiment could result in a surge if users and vendors buy into the company's vision in a way that they did not with Surface RT.

"We are inspired by the ways you use Windows 10, and we look forward to seeing how you continue to use these billion devices in new and exciting ways to power the world," writes Microsoft.There's only one failure in Windows 10's history and it's a big one - it barely made a dent in the smartphone market and is gone from it completely (the Surface Duo dual screen phone runs Android).