Windows 10 has finally surpassed Windows 7’s market share

Windows 10 has finally surpassed Windows 7's market share

Windows 10 has finally surpassed Windows 7’s market share

It’s official, Windows 10 is now Microsoft’s most used OS, surpassing Windows 7 in terms of market share globally, controlling 42.78% of the global market as of January 2018. 

Windows 7 remains widely used, with 41.86% market share, with Windows 8.1 being a far away 3rd place with 8.72% of the market. Despite the OS’ lack of security support, Windows XP still has 3.36% market share, a decrease of 2.36% since this time last year, though this remains a concerning figure given how many security holes are unpatched on the OS.  

Windows 10’s use has been growing over the past few years, capitalising on the decline of Microsoft’s older operating systems like Windows 8/8.1, 7 and XP, though the OS is still a long way off 50% market penetration. With Microsoft’s plan being to update Windows 10 over time, rather than replace it with a new iteration within the next few years, it seems likely that Microsoft will be able to achieve this goal, especially as the use of Windows 7 continues to decline.   

  

Windows 10 has finally surpassed Windows 7's market share

 
Over the past year Window’s 10’s market share has increased by almost 10% while Windows 7 has lost over 5% of its market share. Given these trends, it seems likely that Windows 10 will be able to reach over 50% market share by 2020, making the new OS dominant within the market. 

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