MICROSOFT'S WINDOWS 10 operating system (OS) has seen a jump over Christmas that brings it within a whisper of being run on one in 10 desktop and laptop computers.
The latest monthly figures from Net Analytics' Netmarketshare service show that Windows 10 now has 9.96 percent of the global operating system market (+0.96). Windows 8.x has seen a drop to 13.07 percent (-0.97), the majority of the fall coming from Windows 8.1 to 10.30 percent (-0.85) while Windows 8's share dropped only a tiny amount to 2.76 percent (-0.12).
Windows 7 remains the dominant force at 55.68 percent (-0.42) and its drop of less than a half a percent suggests that its time is far from over, despite Microsoft's repeated claims that it is "ready for business" with Windows 10. Rome wasn't built in a day, and Microsoft remains committed to the long game with its strategy of 'Windows-as-a-service'.
Mac OS X, far less prone to fragmentation, continues to level out after the introduction of El Capitan (Mac OS X 10.11) with a rise to 2.99 (+0.33). A combined tally across all versions of OS X sees Macs taking up 7.01 percent of the global market against Windows' 91.32 percent.
Linux, despite being the backbone of most enterprise systems, is still a way from its nearest rival at the terminals of end users. This month saw it increase to 1.66 percent, (+0.02). Were we to add in other types of computer, such as mobile and server, this would be a very different figure, but for the moment, Linux remains a minority OS.
Microsoft plans to up the ante still further in its programme of nagging users into upgrading to Windows 10, so it seems all but certain that the OS will see its way past 10 percent penetration next month.
But with Windows 8.x pretty much a lost cause, the company won't be able to start doing happy-dances until that Windows 7 figure starts to drop more significantly.
That stalwart figure represents the enterprise sector, which moved to Windows 7 from XP grudgingly enough (we'll gloss over Vista at 1.62 percent [+0.01] for now) and which will still need convincing of the value of a move to Windows 10, despite Gartner's claims that over 50 percent of businesses will adopt some sort of Windows 10 presence in 2016. µ
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