According to a report on OS market share by Net Applications, the most popular operating system Windows by Microsoft was being used by 89.23 % of users in the month of April. While the numbers show a clear majority, it was for the first time share of Windows fell below the 90% mark.
Windows 7 continued to dominate as the most used OS but its share of users also fell below 50% for the first time to reach 48.79% in April from 52.47% in the beginning of 2016.
In addition to it, the growth of its latest operating system, Windows 10 has slowed down a bit after 8 months of its launch. The current share of Windows 10 stood at 14.35 % but it was increased only by 0.20 percentage points from 14.15% in March.
Microsoft aims to have Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices in 2-3 years. Dubbed as the last OS version of Windows but with regular updates to the service, Windows 10 has no doubt shown an impressive growth trajectory in terms of OS market share.
It was installed on over 75 million PCs within a month of its launch, reaching 110 million devices in 10 weeks and 200 million in under six months. There were about 270 million devices running Windows 10 after 8 months of the launch.
As far as other Windows OS are concerned, shares of both Windows Vista and Windows XP, which do not come under the automatic update to Windows 10, fell to 1.34 percent and 9.66 percent respectively.
Once the most popular OS, Windows XP fell to single digit share for the first time. It was first taken over by Windows 7 in September 2012 as having the largest share. And since then, Windows 7 has continued at the top position, passing 60% market share last year in June before the launch of Windows 10.
Windows 8 duo, 8 and 8.1, together hold 12.11 percent of the market share at the end of April but this number is expected to fall below the 10 percent mark this year.
Among the other operating systems, Mac OS X rose to 9.20 % whereas Linux slipped to 1.56 percent of OS market share.