Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Windows 10 overtakes Windows 7

Windows 10 overtakes Windows 7

It's been something of a process for Microsoft to get here.

Windows 10 was lagging behind Windows 7, arguably one of the most popular versions of Windows to date.

The report shows Windows 10 topping the desktop operating system share with 40.86 per cent with Windows 7 trailing at 36.37 per cent in December.

It's always interesting to compare the adoption rate on the Steam Hardware Survey against the adoption rate of the OS in the general population. It's the first month ever in which Windows 10 has been on top. Before that it was Windows 7 all the way, despite the free upgrade opportunities Microsoft gave its latest operating system.

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By comparison, 26.08% of users on Steam are on Windows 7 (64 bit).

Still, Microsoft continues to tweak the update to ensure it's working and is planning more updates for 2019.

In other words, a fix has already been developed and it is now available for Windows Insiders running Windows 10 19H1 preview builds.

While Microsoft initially predicted that one billion devices would be using Windows 10 by summer 2018, in recent years it stepped back from that pledge, after it became clear it would not hit those figures, largely due to Windows' failure to gain traction in the mobile phone market. Extended support and security patches end just over a year from now. As The Verge points out, Windows 7 extended support doesn't end until January 14, 2020. However, adding in the tiny proportion of users still on Windows 8.0 pushes it into third on a combined total of 5.33. After that, Windows 10 will be the only supported operating system Microsoft manufacturers - assuming, of course, that the company doesn't change its mind and release a Windows 11 at some point between now and then.

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