Windows 10 Market Share Exceeded Windows 7 in December 2018: Net Applications

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Other market share estimators reckoned the glorious moment happened earlier past year - StatCounter reckoned January 2018 saw the world stumble into a Windows 10-powered future, but it took until December for NetMarketShare to agree.

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. As of December 2018, 39.22 percent of Web traffic monitored by the company was coming from Windows 10 users, while Windows 7 had fallen to 36.9 percent. (We aren't displaying every tracked OS, so the totals do not add to 100 percent). However Windows XP rebounded 0.31 points to 4.54 percent. According to New Marketshare, in November past year Windows 7 held 38.89 percent of the market while Windows 10 was second with 38.14 percent. Yet despite the free upgrade offers and Microsoft's pushy, occasionally malware-like tactics to get people to move to its newest OS, Windows 7 retained the larger market share, mostly due to its popularity among enterprise users.

It would be interesting to know more about what drove those adoptions. According to WCCFTech, there are still "multiple Windows 10 October 2018 Update upgrade blocks that are in place". 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. Although the latest OS version has surpassed Windows 7 three years after its launch, indicates how popular Windows 7 has been and still continues to be among users. Windows 8.1 users have a little longer, until 2023.

Windows 10 v1809 is being a "bone in the neck" release for Microsoft.

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