Windows 10 overtakes Windows 7

Sheri Evans
January 3, 2019

Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7 in terms of market share, according to Net Applications. 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.

The report shows Windows 10 topping the desktop operating system share with 40.86 per cent with Windows 7 trailing at 36.37 per cent in December.

It's always interesting to compare the adoption rate on the Steam Hardware Survey against the adoption rate of the OS in the general population. However Windows XP rebounded 0.31 points to 4.54 percent. Another widely referenced service, StatCounter, reckons that Windows 10 passed Windows 7 a year ago, putting the new operating system at 52.42 percent to its predecessor's 35.65 percent. This is what made it possible for Windows 10 to become the "most popular desktop OS" in December.

When Microsoft released the April 2018 Update, for instance, it was running on half of all Windows computers in May.

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Still, Microsoft continues to tweak the update to ensure it's working and is planning more updates for 2019.

The other important factor here is that Microsoft's extended support window for Windows 7 closes on January 14th, 2020 - just over a year from now. Windows 7 reached 100 million users in less than six months of its launch.

Microsoft originally hoped for Windows 10 to get 2-3 billion users within the first two/three years of release, and that, of course, didn't end up happening. However, adding in the tiny proportion of users still on Windows 8.0 pushes it into third on a combined total of 5.33.

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