Windows 10 Now Dominates the Market Share – Forget Windows 7, the Latest OS Is Out to Crush Everything in Its Path


We have been having arguments over whether to love or hate Windows 10 since the poor operating system was launched back in 2015. There are many people, especially gamers (at least in our community), who don't seem to get along with the newest OS from Microsoft. The continued stories around telemetry, security, and privacy issues followed by international investigations didn't help the matters.

Whether you hate it or love it, seems like Windows 10 is ready to dominate the entire OS market. The operating system may not be stable enough for some, but it has managed to surpass 50% share of the OS market. This essentially means that every other desktop/laptop in the world is now being powered by Windows 10.

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Windows 10 cracks 50% market share - Windows 7 at 30%

When Microsoft introduced Windows 10 to the world, it was ambitious enough to announce that the operating system will be running on a billion devices within two to three years. After the initial adoption rate when Windows 10 was installed on over 75 million machines in its first month, things slowed down for years. Currently, the official numbers put it on 800 million devices.

However, with Windows 7 hitting its end of service deadline in a few months, users and businesses have started to upgrade their machines to the latest OS. Latest stats from Net Applications reveal that Windows 10 gained 2.13% last month to go from July's 48.86% market share to 50.99% in August.

Following Windows 10 is Windows 7 with a 30.34% of market share and macOS 10.14 having a 5.95% of the pie. In total, Windows still holds a massive 87.50% of the market, followed by macOS at 9.74%, Linux at 2.14%, and Chrome OS at 0.36%.

It should be noted that these aren't official numbers from Microsoft. Net Applications shares user market share based on data that is captured from 160 million unique visitors by monitoring over 40,000 websites for its clients every month.

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Windows 10: where it's going from here

The operating system may be dominating the market share, but it cannot be denied that Windows 10 still comes with its share of problems. Problems are perhaps more exaggerated because it has such a large user base, but that shouldn't mean that users should be scared of installing a new update since many of them seem to be bringing unresolved issues with them.

The October 2018 Update was the worst version of Windows 10 that pushed Microsoft to officially pull it back to sort out problems before releasing it again. Since then the company has promised to overhaul its quality checks and released the May 2019 Update, which was largely free of any major issues.

The Windows maker is now planning to deliver the next version of Windows 10, the October 2019 Update, as a cumulative update, focusing exclusively on performance improvements. It is hoping that now that Microsoft has finally managed to take over the market with Windows 10, it will take a step back and fix these update-related issues before focusing on new features - which, to be honest, do seem exciting even if they are still a year away.

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