The latest operating system marketshare data from NetMarketShare reveals Windows 10 is getting close to hit one quarter of the market. At the end of last month, Windows 10's marketshare stood ad 23.72 percent, a 1.13 percent gain versus the month before. Windows 7 still stands strong at 47.17 percent (-1.12) while Windows 8.x drops to 9.97 percent (-0.6). Even the ancient Windows XP is still used by 8.63 percent of web users.
Windows 10 goes up by not quite the same amount to 23.72 (+1.13). This is impressive. We can't lie. It means that if sales of Windows products were good on Black Friday, we could see Windows 10 with a quarter of the market by the end of 2016.
No one could deny that would make it a success, though we have to add the caveat that Windows 10 encompasses more device form factors than previous versions of Windows, whereas we don’t have stats included here for Android tablets or Chromebooks, for example.
If we look at gamers, Windows 10 adoption has hit much higher rates. The latest Steam survey reveals 49.6 percent of Steam gamers are now running Windows 10, versus 34.22 percent for Windows 7 and 10.18 percent for Windows 8.x.