Windows 10 Finally Becomes Most Popular Desktop OS


Gamers, who still tend to upgrade more frequently than ordinary users, have adopted the newer operating system in much larger numbers. 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.

Figures from Netmarketshare show that, as we suspected, Windows 10 ended the year ahead of Windows 10 with a desktop/laptop market share of 39.22 per cent (+1.08) against Windows 7 with 36.90 (-1.99).

Year on year, Windows has lost market share. According to WCCFTech, there are still "multiple Windows 10 October 2018 Update upgrade blocks that are in place". Considered as the biggest-ever update to Microsoft's PC software, Windows 10 came with a refreshed UI and a range of smart features.

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Other market share estimators reckoned the glorious moment happened earlier a year ago - StatCounter reckoned January 2018 saw the world stumble into a Windows 10-powered future, but it took until December for NetMarketShare to agree.

Microsoft says they aim to release a fix in late January 2019, but in the meantime suggests users have more than one valid account with Administrator privileges when they update to the October 2018 Update. Microsoft later admitted that it would miss the target. We still can't overlook the fact that Microsoft's Windows 10 has been growingly steadily over the years, and the company's Windows as a Service plan has worked out pretty well. Windows 7 64-bit is said to have dropped 3.53 percent, with other OS's adjusting upwards and downwards slightly. Windows 7 reached 100 million users in less than six months of its launch.