StatCounter: Windows 10 surpasses Windows 7 market share in North America

It has been almost a year already since Windows 10 was made available to the public. A few months ago, the new OS overtook Windows XP worldwide as the second most popular desktop OS. It seems that a few months later, the OS is starting to dominate more and more areas.

According to StatCounter, as tweeted by David Storey, a web platform engineer for Microsoft Edge, Windows 10 has recently overtaken Windows 7 as the most used desktop OS in North America. The OS reportedly now has 28.82% market share, while Windows 7 is now at second place with 28.65%. Mac OS X is trailing behind in third place, with 16.16%, while Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 are at 8.25% and 5.93%, respectively.

Aside from North America, Windows 10 is also now the most popular OS in Northern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and other smaller markets.

A majority of the areas around the world, according to the latest statistics, are still using Windows 7, which according to StatCounter, leads with 39.62%, compared to Windows 10's global share of 23.24%. Meanwhile, there are some areas in the African continent primarily using Windows XP, Windows 8.1, and Mac OS X.

With Windows 10 quickly approaching its first anniversary, and Microsoft drastically changing ways to entice users to upgrade to the latest OS, we could see a surge, as the free upgrade quickly comes to a close. However, we are bound to know more in the near future.

Source: StatCounter via David Storey

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