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Windows 10 finally beats Windows 7

by on02 January 2019

Took three years

More than three years after its release, Windows 10 has passed Windows 7 in market share.

According to Net Applications, more desktop computers are now running Windows 10 than any other OS.

Windows 10 adoption started out strong but slowed as the months progressed. Microsoft was aiming for a billion devices running Windows 10 in two to three years but backpedalled on that goal.

Windows 10 had 38.14 percent market share in November and gained 1.08 percentage points in December to hit 39.22 percent. Windows 10 market share growth has been slowed ever since the free upgrade expired in July 2016.

Windows 8 is still around on 0.88 percent of machiens, while Windows 8.1 lost 0.14 points to 4.45 percent.

Windows 7 dropped 1.99 percentage points, falling from 38.89 percent to 36.90 percent. This is what made it possible for Windows 10 to become the “most popular desktop OS” in December.

Microsoft’s red-headed step-child Vista doesn’t register anymore - it fell below 1 percent market share at the start of 2017, the month of its 10-year anniversary. However Windows XP rebounded 0.31 points to 4.54 percent.

Windows itself slipped 0.83 percentage points to 86.20 percent in December.

Between November and December, macOS gained 0.94 points to 10.65 percent while Linux gained 0.70 points to 2.78 percent. Year over year, macOS was up from 9.02 percent share and Linux was up from 2.12 percent share.

Last modified on 02 January 2019
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