Windows 10 has reached 25.3 per cent market share, according to the newest data from Net Applications' Netmarketshare data.
The data also shows a significant drop in Windows 7 usage down to 47.2 (-1.14) against Windows 10's 25.3 (+0.94).
It's worth noting that Windows 10 is not just one desktops but also devices ranging from the Xbox to Raspberry Pi, so this skews the figures somewhat.
Meanwhile, Windows 8.x has held remarkably steady at 8.52 (-0.04) reflecting the behaviour we've seen from other parts of the Windows family that have been left on the vine. You only have to look at Windows XP, which is end of life and remains fairly constant, at around the 10 per cent mark.
In fact, Windows XP has gone up a smidgen this month to 9.17 (+0.1) because as well as having a loyal consumer fan base, it's still being used in everything from customs halls to CAT scanners around the world.
Microsoft isn't making a big deal of the end of Windows Vista, which will be end of life in less than two months, partly because the number of people with the fairly well hated OS stalled a long time ago. It has taken a bit more of a dive this month to 0.84 (-0.22). Perhaps lots of people got new computers for Christmas, as Vista certainly wasn't widely used in the enterprise.
Away from Windows, Linux continues to hold steady with a slight climb this month to 2.27 (0.06). macOS 10.12 has made progress to 2.75 (0.44) while version 10.11 has stayed almost stationery at 1.73 (-0.1). Other versions of macOS (10 and below) are now standing at 1.51 (-0.33).
There's word on the grapevine that Microsoft is planning a "Cloud" version of Windows 10, which would basically be a new reimagining of Windows RT as a combatant to Chrome OS. If that were the case, it would likely show up as part of Windows 10's market share, while Chrome OS does not, which would likely skew the numbers even further.
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