Watch the day 2 keynote of Build 2017 live right here!

Watch the day 2 keynote of Build 2017 live right here!

Microsoft has hit a milestone with the announcement that its Windows 10 consumer OS is now running on 500 million active devices. It now seems this will take a lot longer than 2018 for Microsoft to reach 1 billion Windows 10 devices.

That's right, Windows 10 is now used on more than 500 million devices, which is impressive.

The endgame of the drive for a billion users is convincing iPhone and Android app developers that Windows 10 has enough users to be worth their time.

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Previously, Cortana could tap into Microsoft's services to check the weather, play music or schedule appointments, and worked with some apps that could be installed from the Windows Store, like Netflix.

Microsoft's India-born chief Satya Nadella today attempted to allay concerns over the increasing use of technology in public life and said building trust was crucial to its utilisation as a tool to "empower" people.

This means that every browser now listed on the Windows Store is nothing more than an off-shoot of Microsoft's EdgeHTML, the HTML and JavaScript engine found in Edge.

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Although it has been easing recently, the PC slump still hasn't ended.

The half-billion milestone is an important one for convincing developers to write software for the Universal Windows Platform and to convert desktop apps so they can be sold in the Windows Store. That's one the prime reasons Microsoft has been eclipsed by both Apple and Google in the technology industry's pecking order after dominating throughout the 1990s. The Redmond-based software giant revealed the milestone at its annual Build developer conference. But a year ago Microsoft acknowledged that it wouldn't hit that goal. A separate survey of IT pros from Dimension Research says that 77 percent of organizations surveyed say they will complete their Windows 10 migrations within the next two years.

While Microsoft's CEO has historically opened Build every year, the overall speaker schedule represents a change from prior years and the course of the keynote will reflect this.

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