Windows 7 remains the most popular operating system on the market, although use has fallen based on the last Netmarketshare figures of 2016. Meanwhile Windows 10 continues its slow ascent to reach almost 25 per cent of the market.
Windows 7 stood at 48.34 per cent market share during December 2016, (+1.17 month on month / -7.34 year on year) suggesting that its take up in the enterprise market continues to be a lot slower than Microsoft would have hoped.
Windows 10 now has a 24.36 (+1.13) market share, just shy of a quarter of the market, but with Christmas gifts and January sales purchases this will likely jump in the next set of figures.
The next big milestone for Windows 10 will be the 'Creators Update', which looks set to drop in April. Microsoft will be hoping that 2017 will see Windows 10 pass Windows 7.
Windows 8.x is the biggest casualty of all this, with a drop to 8.56 (-1.41/-4.5) and Windows 8.1 making up the lion's share, suggesting that people are migrating off Windows 8.x altogether. This last 8.56 per cent is going to take a lot of shifting now that Windows 10 isn't free anymore, as most people who won't want Windows 10 on principal will already be on Windows 7 (or XP) anyway. Shaking off the Windows 7 domination will be the biggest challenge.
Speaking of Windows XP, it now sits at 9.07 per cent (+0.44/-1.86) up slightly month on month and more shockingly, down less than two per cent year on year. But then when you consider that in the UK alone, a lot of the public sector haven't migrated yet, you can sort of see why.
Linux desktop use has gone up to 2.21 (-0.1/+0.55). It doesn't sound a lot but let's not forget that while Windows 10 figures include everything from IoT sensors to Xboxes, Linux figures don't include servers, Android phones, Chromebooks, or the myriad of other Windows-based devices.
Mac use has dropped quite considerably this year. The final tally for December is 3.34 (-1.17/-3.7) down over three and a half per cent year on year. With macOS Sierra 10.12 out of Beta, the rise was only marginal over those who weren't already using the Beta. People often ask us what the point in upgrading their macOS version is, and it's beginning to be reflected in the figures.
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