New data provided by NetMarketShare indicates that Windows 10 is very close to overtaking Windows 7 in global market share, and now the change of places is expected to take place next month.
In its November 2018 data batch, the market analysis firm indicates that Windows 10 was running on 38.14 percent of the PCs worldwide, while Windows 7 remained the leader with 38.89 percent.
However, Windows 10 got so close to Windows 7 not thanks to a significant growth experienced last month, but because the 2009 operating system actually dropped massively in November. In fact, Windows 10 declined as well, but Windows 7’s market share fell in a more substantial manner and thus the gap between the two was reduced.
Windows 7 was running on 39.35 percent of desktop computers in October, while Windows 10 was powering 38.28 percent. This means Windows 7 went down 0.46 percent, while Windows 10 dropped “just” 0.14 percent.
Enter Windows 10 version 1809
Windows 10 adoption, however, could improve this month, especially as Microsoft has resumed the rollout of the October 2018 Update (version 1809). This process takes place gradually, so it remains to be seen if it’ll have a big impact on the global Windows 10 market share.
The rest of the desktop operating systems on the market are far behind the two and they don’t even count in the fight for the leading places.
Windows 8.1, for instance, is only running on 4.59 percent of the PCs out there, while Windows XP, which no longer receives updates since April 2018, is currently at 4.23 percent. Windows XP’s market share is still surprising given that it was released 18 years ago.
For what it’s worth, Linux is currently holding a market share of 1.47 percent, while the top macOS version is 10.14 with 3.57 percent share.