Windows 10 Now Reigns Supreme

Windows 10 Now Reigns Supreme
Windows 10 now has a greater market share than Windows 7, but adoption has been slower than Microsoft hoped.

(CCM) — Windows 10 has finally assumed the mantle of the world's most popular desktop operating system, some three and a half years after it was first released, The Verge is reporting.

At the end of December 2018, Windows 10 commanded 39.2% of the desktop OS market, a little over 2% more than Windows 7's 36.9% share, according to data collected by Net Applications. In total the operating system powers about 700 million devices of various types including PCs, tablets, phones, and even Microsoft's Xbox One console.

Although these figures are a testament to the success of Windows 10, they also highlight the failure of Microsoft's original goal of having Windows 10 running on more than one billion devices within three years of its release. This is despite the company offering free upgrades to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and 8 users at one time.

In part the company failed to reach the one billion device mark because of the failure of Windows Phone. But another reason is the enduring popularity of the ten-year-old Windows 7 operating system which is still widely used by businesses and home users.

Windows 10 may get a substantial further boost next year, when Microsoft ends extended support for Windows 7 on Jan. 14, 2020.

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