Windows 10 Finally Pulls Ahead of Windows 7

Windows 10 surpasses Windows 7 to become most popular desktop OS

Windows 10 surpasses Windows 7 to become most popular desktop OS

This means that Microsoft should publish the same fix for Windows 10 version 1809 devices very soon as well, though for now, no specifics are available on the ETA. According to the latest tally, Windows 10 is on top with a 39.22 percent share of the combined desktop and laptop operating system market. The OS version was launched at a time when Windows 7 was still the most used and popular OS version.

Back at Microsoft's Build 2015 conference the company claimed it would hit 1 billion Windows 10 devices by the middle of previous year. The OS now runs on more than 700 million devices, including PCs, tablets, phones and Xbox One consoles.

The party poppers have gone off in Redmond, not to usher in 2019, but to celebrate another market share-watcher declaring that yes, Windows 10 has finally crept past Windows 7. NetMarketShare sniffs that their session counting trumps the competition because "competing methodologies are not as accurate as using global analytics data". That will likely now continue to be the trend, with Windows 10 steadily growing its share as more users upgrade away from Windows 7 through buying new hardware.

Windows 7's extended support is set to end on January 14th, 2020. Windows 7, meanwhile, was pushed to second place with a 36.9 percent share.

Windows 10 surpasses Windows 7 to become most popular desktop OS

That makes Win10 only the most widely installed version of the ubiquitous computer OS, but does that necessarily make it the most popular?

Linux holds steady at exactly two percent of the market, not including Ubuntu and Chrome OS which are measured separately.

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