Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Windows 10 Market Share Exceeded Windows 7 in December 2018: Net Applications

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Sherri Watson | 03 January, 2019, 10:56

According to the latest tally, Windows 10 is on top with a 39.22 percent share of the combined desktop and laptop operating system market. Below that you're looking at Windows XP as the next most prevalent version, though that only has 4.54% of the market share.

Microsoft hasn't confirmed the bug, but the company did say in the release notes of the most recent preview build of Windows 10 19H1 that it resolved a problem affecting FLAC support in the operating system. That figure didn't just include PCs, but also tablets, phones, and Xbox consoles. However, the methodology used can result in differences.

Windows 10 v1809 is being a "bone in the neck" release for Microsoft. NetMarketShare sniffs that their session counting trumps the competition because "competing methodologies are not as accurate as using global analytics data".

If you have already upgraded to Windows 10 version 1809 and found your admin account to be disabled, you may try to enable the built-in administrator account, login to that account and then try to enable your administrator account. This shift to Windows 10 was inevitable as the January 2020 deadline for the end of support for Windows 7 drew closer. Another widely referenced service, StatCounter, reckons that Windows 10 passed Windows 7 a year ago, putting the new operating system at 52.42 percent to its predecessor's 35.65 percent. And even though total OS market share has dipped down below 87% for the first time since the Net MarketShare (via Fudzilla) site has been tracking it, that still means Windows 10 is on 35% of all internet-enabled computers in the world. Sadly 2018 still wasn't the 'Year of Linux, ' with its various versions still only making up 2% in terms of OS market share.