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Windows 10 crosses the 20 percent market share milestone: Report

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NetMarketShare has some fresh stats for us when it comes to Windows 10 market share. According to the analytics group’s latest report, Windows 10 is now installed in more than 20% of the devices. The newest and best operating system from Microsoft took almost a year to reach this milestone.

According to the analyst, the PC market is still being led by the Redmond giant’s seven-year-old software for computers, Windows 7. The OS currently holds in 47.01 percent of the market which is in fact, a drop from 52.47 percent since the beginning of this year. Looking at that from a third-person perspective, we can clearly conclude that Windows 7 will probably keep its title of the “most popular OS” for a long time.

Meanwhile, Windows 8 fell 0.36 percentage points to 2.09 percent and Windows 8.1 dipped 0.21 points to 7.80 percent. The brothers saw a peak of just a little over 16 percent in terms of market share.

Windows 10 was first released last July and it saw a fast adoption rate leading to over 75 million PCs running the OS in just the first month. It then crossed the 110 million systems barrier in 10 months followed by 200 million PCs in less than a year. According to the latest reports, more than 350 million computers are running Windows 10.

The OS had achieved a market share of 19.14 percent in June and gained 1.99 percentage points in July to hit 21.13 percent. This burst of nitrous might have been because of the fast approaching deadline regarding the free upgrade at the end of July.

Microsoft had initially announced that it was hoping for 1 billion devices running Windows 10 “in two to three years.” This aim was, however, chucked along the way.

Talking about operating systems not developed by Microsoft, Apple’s Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan is sitting in the fifth position with a hair under 4.7 percentage points of market share. Linux, on the other hand, comes next with 2.33 percent.

Net Applications uses data captured from 160 million unique visitors each month. This is achieved by monitoring 0,000 websites for its clients. Thus the data achieved is a base of user market share and not usage market share.


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