Windows 10 still trailing Windows 7 says new Net Market Share report

By: Vamien McKalin
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The latest report from Net Market Share claims Windows 10 is now running on 19.4% of all computers around the world, an improvement from six months ago when it was on 11.85% of all computers. This is interesting because reports from StatCounter claims Windows 10 has surpassed Windows 7.

While not all statistics are created equal, it does make it difficult for us to pinpoint how much market share Windows 10 has gained since Microsoft has yet to share that number with the press and the general public.

Net Market Share claims that Windows 7 sits at 49.05%, a good distance away from Windows 10’s 19.4%. As for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, both operating systems have a combined market share of 9.89%. To put into perspective how much of a failure Windows 8 is, the operating system has never surpassed the 20% mark. Its peak? 16.45%.

What about Windows XP? Well, the popular operating system has a market share of 10.34%, which is ahead of Windows 8 and Windows Vista with its mere 1.22 percent.

We do know Windows 10 has been gaining ground since it was released back in July of 2015, but with the end of the free upgrade deadline nearing, growth will likely slow down. Most who were interested in upgrading have already done so; Microsoft will now rely on hardware manufacturers to sell Windows 10 powered computers to consumers in hopes of hitting its target of 1 billion devices with Windows 10 installed.

After the date passes, users will be required to pay $119 to upgrade to Windows 10. Still, there is a way to get around the deadline if you haven’t yet upgraded — just follow this simple guide. We recommend acting quickly because Microsoft couldpatchh its servers soon enough.

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