Windows 10 gains usage share, inches ahead of Windows 8.1

Whenever Microsoft unveils a new operating system, it's always a family battle between the new, advanced version and the old but entrenched one, and things are no different for the latest member, Windows 10. Unveiled in July last year, Windows 10 has been slowly but surely climbing the usage chart, helped by Microsoft's aggressive adoption strategy. New stats from StatCounter suggest that in the first month of the new year, Windows 10 has finally passed its immediate precursor - Windows 8.1 - to become the second most popular operating system in the world.

Specifically, Windows 10 touched Windows 8.1 market share of 11.11% back in December 2015. Since then, its usage has climbed 1.11% to 12.22% in January 2016, while Windows 8.1 has seen a decline of 0.35% to 10.76% in the same period.

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Given this disparity in gain and loss, Windows 10 seems to have also taken shares from some other sources than just Windows 8.1. OSX seems to be a victim, whose share saw a decline of .81% to 8.16% from 8.97% at the end of last year. Much higher up on the chart, Windows 7 also saw a nearly 1% of usage decline. It's market share still dwarfs all others at 42.58% of the market, however, and it will be a while before Windows 10 can reach it. Given Microsoft's goal of 1 billion users, however, it's going to be a long game, and it will be interesting to see how things play out in the future.

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