Microsoft's Windows 10 has finally surpassed Windows 7, according to a real-time analytics firm.
In December, Windows 10 took over Windows 7 for the first time, according to NetAnalytics. Windows 10's market share for desktops and laptops combined 39.22 percent, against 36.90 percent for Windows 7. It's a shift from November when Windows 7 had a market share of 38.89 percent and Windows 10's share was 38.14 percent. For the whole of 2018, the market share of Windows 10 increased by around 7 percentage points, while the Windows 7 share fell by approximately the same amount.
NetAnalytics did not explain the sudden growth in market share, although it may be due to the traditional spurt in PC sales over holidays. Historically, the market share of Windows 1
NetAnalytics collects data from the browsers on approximately 100 million web sessions per month, spread across thousands of websites, according to the company. These browsers themselves report the operating system they used.
Microsoft has said that 700 million units are now powered by Windows 10, which is still shy of the company's high goal of serving one billion units of the operating system. Microsoft must reach pry users of Windows XP (4.54 percent share, according to NetAnalytics) and Windows 8.1 (4.45 percent) of the older operating systems and on Windows 10. To do so, these users must pay at least $ 139 for Windows 10 home , which we didn't think was a good idea.
Windows 10 launched July 29, 2015.
Why this matters: Whatever you feel about Windows 10 – which reader feedback proves to vary from positive to deep negative to have Microsoft's latest operating system installed. It obviously means that time favors Windows 10.