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The average family in Europe now has about 10 digital devices – from mobile phones to game consoles – in the home, and the appetite for those devices will only grow as smart computing efforts and products for health, home and private and public industry continues to increase.

A new report from Microsoft Europe shows how the trends are “leading to a future marked by what some call the Internet of Things (IoT): a world where millions of people, processes, and devices (from fridges and cars to heart rate, energy, and traffic monitors) are connected in ways that make their combination more powerful than each in isolation.”

In Europe now, for example:

· 21 percent of the world’s Internet users are European, but Europeans only represent 12 percent of the world’s population.

· 63 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds in the European Union say they access the Internet using mobile means.

· 60 percent of EU Internet users shop online.

· 40 percent of those in the EU say they went online in 2013 to interact in some way with public authorities.

As our daily lives continue to get more hectic, we’re relying more and more on digital devices and technology to help us manage what we want to do, when we want to do it. Head over to the Microsoft Europe site to read the story and see some incredible infographics that share more details.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff