(Bloomberg News) -- Microsoft Corp. expects a billion people to be using its Windows 10 operating system in the software’s first two to three years, signaling optimism in its push to revive Windows and make it more useful on smaller devices.

Windows chief Terry Myerson made the forecast Wednesday at the company’s Build developer conference in San Francisco. He also unveiled tools to make it easier to convert applications originally programmed for Google Inc.’s Android and Apple Inc.’s iOS platforms to Windows phones without rewriting the code.

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