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Windows 10 overtakes Windows 7 as the most popular desktop operating system

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Three and a half years since its release, Windows 10 has dethroned Windows 7 as the worlds most popular desktop operating system.

According to Net Applications, the now worlds most popular desktop operating system has an impressive 39% market share. Followed by 9-year-old Windows 7 which still has a respectable 36% market share. These figures are as of December 2018.

Meanwhile, Apple’s Mac OS Mojave (version 10.14) sits at 4.7%. While the previous edition of Mac OS, High Sierra, has a market share of 2.8%. However, given that Mac OS is exclusive to Apple’s Mac computers, it would be unfair to compare the two OSs just by these numbers alone.

Back in the Summer of 2015, Windows 10 started off as a free upgrade for users running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. Subsequently, adopting the price tag of around £120 once the free upgrade period (one year) had ended.

That being said, the most recent Windows 10 adoption is likely from users buying new hardware, which comes with Windows 10 preinstalled. As supposed to upgrading their current laptop or PC to Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system.

Microsoft now sells its own tablets, desktops, laptops and even 2 in 1 devices. All designed and manufactured by Microsoft in an effort to take on Apple. A company which has been making its own hardware and software for years.

It’s also worth noting that Windows 10 OS is not exclusive to desktops, laptops and tablets. It also runs on Microsoft’s Xbox One and a small number of remaining Windows 10 Mobile phones. This helps to account for the 700 million devices which currently run Windows 10.

Anyway, for those of you still rocking Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, there are still ways of upgrading to Windows 10 for free. Especially considering that Microsoft’s official support for Windows 7 ends for good in 2020. It might be worth looking at upgrading sooner rather than later.

 

Source Net Applications via The Verge