Microsoft’s Windows 10 has finally overtaken decade-old Windows 7 OS

Isaac Cain
January 3, 2019

Back at Microsoft's Build 2015 conference the company claimed it would hit 1 billion Windows 10 devices by the middle of past year. Support for the venerable OS ends on 14 January 2020 and there will be no more automatic updates to keep the near-decade old operating system secure from miscreants. Overall, Windows was by far the most popular desktop OS, with 86.2% market share.

According to Net Market Share, however, all that changed in December when Windows 10's worldwide market share jumped 1.08 percent to 39.22 percent, while Windows 7's declined by 1.99 percent to 36.90 percent.

Windows 7 usage will likely drop throughout the coming year as the OS moves towards being phased out.

Even though these figures are not official, this is still a big achievement for Microsoft. 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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In December Windows 10 finally overtook Windows 7 as the go-to Microsoft OS, where the two had previously been level-pegging over October and November.

Apparently, we aren't yet done with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update issues. Microsoft already confirmed past year that its Windows 10 OS version has been installed on 700 million devices including PCs, Xbox, tablets and phones.

By comparison, 26.08% of users on Steam are on Windows 7 (64 bit). "Therefore, if you need to upgrade before the patch is released, please confirm that you can surely sign in with a user [account] with administrative privileges other than the built-in administrator, before you upgrade", the local company site suggested (translated). Windows 7 reached 100 million users in less than six months of its launch.

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