Microsoft has just announced that its immensely popular Windows 10 operating system is now powering 300 million devices worldwide, including desktops, laptops, smartphones and Xbox One consoles.

 

With Windows 10 being adopted at a faster than expected rate, Microsoft is poised to discontinue the free upgrade scheme after July 29.

 

"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," NDTV quoted Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, from a blog post.

 

Following the free upgrade period, Windows 10 will be readily available on newly launched devices or one can get it with a home PC for $119.

 

Microsoft launched Windows 10 with the intent of regaining the lost traction in the computer desktop and mobile industry, following the weak user acceptance for Windows 8.

 

The company aims to extend the reach of its newest operating system to more than a billion devices by 2018, in a bid to compete with the likes of Apple which has already surpassed this milestone on iOS devices.