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Windows 10 leading the market according to Microsoft

Windows market share graph by Microsoft, November 2016
Windows install base November 2016
A graph revealed by the Redmond giant showing the install base of the Windows operating systems still supported by Microsoft reveals that Windows 10 has been leading the market since last November.

Although there are still a lot of businesses and home users using Windows XP, when talking about the dominant Windows operating system, Microsoft is only taking into account those releases that still receive support. The interesting part is that, according to the company's numbers, Windows 10 managed to beat Windows 7 and grab the first place back in late 2016.

The statistics posted by Microsoft on one of its official websites reveal the following install base percentages for the Windows versions still receiving support:

  • Windows 7 - 39 percent
  • Windows 8.1 - 13 percent
  • Windows 10 - 46 percent

According to the same Microsoft website, most Windows devices in the wild (over 50 percent) only use 4 GB RAM, while the dominant storage space figure is 500 GB.However, it should be remembered that these figures include both PCs and tablets.

The third-party data available from NetMarketShare reveals an interesting fact, placing Windows 8.1 behind the outdated Windows XP (6.9 percent vs 9 percent). In the future, Windows 10 will continue to grow slowly, since many users will not drop Windows 7 until Microsoft stops supporting it, and this is scheduled to happen in 2020.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-30 (Update: 2017-01-30)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
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