Windows 10 Claims 20% Market Share

A year after Windows 10 was made available for download, it has secured over one fifth of the market share.

The statistic, published by Net Applications, indicates that 20% of computers are running on Microsoft’s latest operating system.

In the first four weeks after its release, Windows 10 was installed on over 75 million PCs. 110 million devices were running on it 10 weeks in, followed by 200 million in six months, 270 million in eight months and 300 million in nine months, with the 350 million mark being hit after 11 months.

Microsoft had initially announced plans for Windows 10 to run on 1 billion devices in two to three years, an estimate that has recently been pared down.

Downloads of the operating system had slowed after the initial period, eventually hitting 21.13% in July. The deadline for free upgrades – set for the end of July – was an evident reason for the surge in upgrades in the past month.

The rush to secure a Windows 10 download before the cut off may have been slightly pre-emptive however. If users failed to meet the deadline, their chances of securing the operating system are not completely gone.

Users have spotted a loophole; the free upgrade is still available for those who use assistive technologies – features which help those with potentially impaired vision or hearing. Deemed by some an unethical way of procuring the free upgrade, Microsoft appears not to undertake any checks when users select the download.

Windows 7 remains in the top spot for Microsoft, holding 47.01% of the company’s market stronghold. In total, Microsoft operating systems form the majority of the market with a whopping 89.79%, leaving Mac with 7.87% and Linux with 2.33%. 

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