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.
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.
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.