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Windows 10 market share grows closer to 25%; Windows 7 and XP grow as well

2016 is over, and the stats from NetMarketShare for December are here. According to the report, Windows 10 now owns 24.36% of the market; the November market share stood at 23.72%, making this a 0.64% increase.

NetMarketShare gets its data from the network of websites that use its services, so it’s not entirely representative of the entire market; it’s however as close as we can get.

The increment might seem small, but it is no small feat for an OS that came little over an year ago; Microsoft’s free upgrade for Windows 10 might not have been an entirely smooth process, but it did make hitting these numbers a lot easier.

The Surprises

Since the upgrade offer ended, Windows 10’s growth has slowed down but hasn’t stopped. There’s something surprising, however.

Windows 10 wasn’t the only operating system that gained a few percentage points; Windows 7’s market share went up by 1.17% to 48.34% – a larger increase than Windows 10.

That’s not where it ends: Windows XP, also climbed by 0.44% – from 8.63% in November to 9.07% in December; this development might be worrisome, as Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP.

The Expected

Windows 8 – as expected – has lost quite a lot of market share since November; the OS now only a mere 6.90% of the market, a decline of 1.11% from the 8.01% of November.

Linux also saw a drop of 0.1% in December, but that figure remains in the margin of error.

Whilst many businesses are yet to make the plunge into Windows 10; there has been some substantial progress. In February 2016, Microsoft was awarded a contract to upgrade over 4 million devices at the U.S. Department of Defence to Windows 10. A $927 million contract followed – merely two weeks ago – for ‘enterprise tech support.’

It’s clear that Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 wherever it can – fewer operating systems to support mean lower costs to support them.

About Vishal Laul

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