Windows 10 now has over 20 per cent of the global market share for operating system installations, just one year after its release.
The data, from Netmarketshare, shows that the operating system, which has been free for the past 12 months to eligible users, is now on 21.13 (+1.99), making it the world's number two operating system.
Windows 7 remains the most popular OS with a share of 47.01, although this is down 2.04 per cent month on month.
Windows 8.x use has dropped below 10 per cent to 9.89 (-0.57) and the proportion of those still stuck on Windows 8 has taken this month's biggest knock, down to 2.09 (-0.36). It's a fair bet that Windows 8 will be a Vista-like footnote before long. Incidentally, it is holding steady at 1.22 per cent. (+0.01).
But the real fly in the Microsoft ointment is the continuing love for Windows XP which actually gains this month, taking it back across the 10 per cent threshold to 10.34 (0.56).
Leaving aside Windows 7 at the moment, which stands as a monument to Microsoft's love of overthinking a problem that didn't need fixing, we have two systems at 10 per cent: XP and 8.x.
One is completely out of date, but one offered Windows 10 as a free upgrade. Given the minute number of businesses that took up Windows 8, we can say therefore that one in 10 people who could have upgraded from 8 to 10 managed to stave it off and decline it for an entire year.
Moreover, the decline has been steady but slow over the past few months. Roughly a quarter of one per cent has left Windows 8.1, for example. Given that Microsoft upped the 'update now' rhetoric during the final quarter, we can take this as a fair indication that, whichever way you look at it, Updategate simply didn't work. People made their own minds up.
Elsewhere, Linux rose again, up to 2.33 (+0.31), showing really healthy adoption since the start of the year. We sort of expected a jump after XP expired as that's what our readers said they would do, but the fact that instead it's coming now is quite telling.
Mac use is down ever so slightly overall at 7.86 (-0.29) with Mac OS X 11 standing at 4.69 (-0.24). We'd be a little less surprised if it wasn't for the fact that Mac OS X 12 beta is still only 0.01 per cent again this month, suggesting that this quarter per cent have actually abandoned Mac altogether. Earlier versions of Mac OS held bang on steady.
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