Microsoft's Windows operating system continues to be the lead the market followed by Mac OS and Linux, according to the latest numbers from NetMarketShare. The latter two have a minor 9.2 and 1.5 percent share respectively, but it's Windows we are concerned about.
Microsoft's Windows 8/8.1 didn't create a positive impact, but the company hoped to change this with the new Windows 10 released in July last year. Ever since the launch of the Windows 10, the operating system continued to grow and being adopted by frustrated Windows 8 users, and Windows 10 rose from 14.15 to 14.35 percent in these latest numbers. Microsoft announced at Build 2016 in March that Windows 10 is actively used by over 270 million users, and not to forget the company's aim of powering one billion devices with Windows 10 over the next few years, which may become a reality. The company is also working on the Anniversary Update which will roll out this summer.
The new operating system took care of many of the issues which were present in Windows 8.1, which is one of the reasons why many people switched back to Windows 7. As for Windows 7, it continues to be the most popular operating system running on 48.79 percent devices -- it did decline in April from 51.89.
Windows 7 is possibly the most popular operating system to come out of Redmond after Windows XP, and it appears that people are taking Windows 10 on the positive side as it's way better than what Windows 8 had to offer. Windows 8.1 on the other hand is running on 9.16 percent of devices, declining slowly but surely.
For those of you who are still running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, you can still get the free copy of Windows 10. Microsoft's free upgrade program will expire in July this year so make sure to upgrade to the new operating system if you don't want to spend your hard earned cash on it.