Windows 10 is now running on 200 million machines worldwide, around 10 percent of laptops and PCs online, as uptake of Microsoft’s latest operating system continues to climb.
Microsoft revealed in a blog post on Monday that uptake of the platform has risen strongly over the past few weeks, and that 40 percent of activations of new Windows 10 machines have taken place since Black Friday at the end of November.
The firm said that enterprise interest in Windows 10 is growing too. Some 76 percent of Microsoft's customers are in "active pilots" of Windows 10, and 22 million Windows 10 devices are in use with enterprise and education customers.
Underlining this growth are figures from Netmarketshare.com showing that as of the end of December 2015 a total of 9.96 percent of internet-connected laptops and PCs were running Windows 10 since it launched in July last year.
This compares with 10.3 percent of devices on Windows 8.1 and 2.76 percent on Windows 8, showing that uptake of the new platform has been much faster than the previous versions, which were somewhat shunned by end users.
Furthermore, Windows 10 appears set to soon pass the market share held by the Windows XP operating system, which currently has 10.93 percent of the market.
This is still high for the ancient platform, for which official support was withdrawn on 8 April 2014, but given that it retained a market share as high as 18 percent just 12 months ago, suggests that finally its user base is dwindling owing to Windows 10.
If the uptake of Windows 10 continues it is likely to surpass Windows XP in the next month or two, a moment that may well be greeted with quiet satisfaction at Microsoft’s Redmond HQ as the firm looks to move on from XP at long last.
However, Windows 10 remains a long way off replacing Windows 7 as the most popular OS, as it still commands a strong 55.68 percent market share.
This is probably mostly down to enterprises that are still running Windows 7 across large computing estates, but may well change in the year ahead as migrations to Windows 10 start to take place, as noted by the pilot figures revealed by Microsoft.
Overall the combined operating share for Windows sits at a commanding 91.32 percent of the market. Apple accounts for 7.02 percent, while Linux has a tiny 1.66 percent.
Mobile market a two-horse race
Meanwhile, Android holds the largest share of the installed user base in the mobile market with 57.29 percent of all connections, while Apple has 35.43 percent with iOS split between iPhone and iPads.
Underlining just how dominant these two platforms are, the third place operating system is Microsoft's Windows Phone OS, which has just a 2.58 percent share.
The rest of the market is made up of platforms including Java, BlackBerry, Tizen and Symbian.
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