Windows 10 is now the world's most used operating system

Judy Cobb
January 3, 2019

Celebrations at Microsoft will, however, be muted, since there are only 12 months left to get those Windows 7 hold-outs onto the preferred version 10 platform.

Other market share estimators reckoned the glorious moment happened earlier previous year - StatCounter reckoned January 2018 saw the world stumble into a Windows 10-powered future, but it took until December for NetMarketShare to agree. Online stat-tracking service Net Market Share puts Windows 10 at 39.22 percent of usage, versus 36.90 percent for Windows 7.

Three and a half years after being released, Windows 10 has finally toppled Windows 7's to become the most popular desktop operating system on the planet. Apple's Mac OS X 10.14 Mac OS X 10.14 is running on 4.54% of devices, according to the report.

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Windows 10 Microsoft released Windows 10 in July 2015. In an update to the build's list of known issues, Microsoft this week confirmed that the fix also had the effect of breaking both Windows Defender Application Guard and Windows Sandbox (via OnMSFT). Microsoft's last major release was the Windows 10 October update with a bunch of features. That's as of December 2018. Although Windows 10's usage rocketed up when the OS first launched, it's no secret the growth has slowed down ever since the end of the free upgrade offer for older versions of Windows.

Windows 10 was lagging behind Windows 7, arguably one of the most popular versions of Windows to date.

Despite assurances, many businesses who had been bitten in the past, had refused to upgrade, holding steadfastly onto the venerable Windows 7, and there's a fair bet that the majority of remaining Windows 7 machines are in offices.

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