The year 2018 ended on a high note for Microsoft. With a market cap value of $812.93 billion, the company briefly overtook Apple as the most valuable company in the world, sending shock waves in the tech world. The momentous feat gave investors and industry experts enough hope to believe that Microsoft would enter the rich kids’ club by becoming $1 trillion company in 2019. But that was not the only feat that the company achieved in the past year. Breaking its own chain of monogamy, Microsoft’s newest desktop operating system– Windows 10– became the most popular Windows operating system for the first time since it was launched in 2015.
According to a statistics shared by Net Applications (via The Verge), the company’s newbie desktop OS- Windows 10- became the most popular OS in its own universe surpassing Windows 7 in terms of usage. Windows 10 captured more than 39 per cent market share in terms of desktops operating system in December 2018. It’s popularity now stands around 2 per cent more than Windows 7, which holds 36.9 per cent market share.
Windows 10 is now powering more than 700 million devices across the globe. This includes personal computers, Xbox One consoles, tablets and phones.
The numbers, however bleak they look, are a mark of Microsoft’s unflinching efforts of pushing Windows 10 across platforms. The company introduced Windows 10 in July 2015, since then it has been encouraging individual users and organisations to upgrade their systems to its latest OS. Three years back, the company even offered people with operating system dating back to Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
Despite its best efforts to push the newest desktop operating system in its OS family, Windows 7 continued to power a vast majority of Windows systems across the globe. Though the Redmond, Washington based company ended the mainstream support for Windows 7 in January 2015, it continued to offer support for the OS under its Extended Security Updates (ESU) program, which ends in January 2019. This extended support allowed a vast number of Windows 7 users to continue using the OS without having a need to upgrade. In retrospect, Microsoft’s extensive push and its ended support for Windows 7 lead to a decline in the popularity of the OS, which ultimately lead to the company achieving this feat.