While Windows 10 has been vastly more popular than Windows 8 and 8.1, the long tail now associated with the PC market and the slower pace of user upgrades have stretched out the amount of time it's taken for end-users to shift from one OS to the other.
According to Net Market Share, however, all that changed in December when Windows 10's worldwide market share jumped 1.08 percent to 39.22 percent, while Windows 7's declined by 1.99 percent to 36.90 percent.
MICROSOFT HAS had a much-needed bit of good news to start the new year: after three-and-a-half years, Windows 10 has finally become the most used operating system in the world. Windows 8 is at 1.3 percent, and Windows Vista is at 0.45 percent. As of November, those figures were 38.14 percent and 38.89 percent respectively. The OS version was launched around 10 years ago.
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Windows 10 Microsoft released Windows 10 in July 2015. That's as of December 2018. As of May, 2018, Windows 10 was running on 700 million devices. Yet despite the free upgrade offers and Microsoft's pushy, occasionally malware-like tactics to get people to move to its newest OS, Windows 7 retained the larger market share, mostly due to its popularity among enterprise users. Microsoft already confirmed previous year that its Windows 10 OS version has been installed on 700 million devices including PCs, Xbox, tablets and phones. Microsoft has focused on creativity and productivity in Windows 10 for the past feature updates, and the company's focus will likely continue to be on productivity this year. But now months since its release, the software has failed to gain traction with users.
Windows 10 was lagging behind Windows 7, arguably one of the most popular versions of Windows to date.