Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 is now used by 500 million devices every month, up from 300 million devices at this point last year. Microsoft revealed its latest Windows 10 figures just as the software maker started its Build developer event in Seattle.

The company has aggressively pushed Windows 10, encouraging individual customers to take advantage of a free update offer and bringing its massive corporate sales force to bear persuading companies to try the software, too.

Windows 10 was pitched originally as a tool to break the company out of its dependence on the personal computer, software that could bridge the gap between laptops, smartphones, Xbox consoles and other devices. Microsoft has sharply curtailed its ambitions in the smartphone world since then. The vast majority of those 500 million devices running Windows 10 are likely personal computers.

Microsoft had initially set a goal of getting 1 billion devices running the operating system by mid-2018, although abandoned the target last year after the closure of most of its smartphone hardware units.

According to CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft also has 140 million people using Cortana every month and more than 100 million people using Office 365.

Credit: The Verge