How many people use a particular operating system depends on how easily it is available and the trends near the end of 2015 has shown that the number of applications easily available for a particular operating environment also makes a big difference. If you’re using Windows 10 by now you must have noticed how easy it is to sync your operating environments with your computer, laptop as well as mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
Windows 10 was the first genuine attempt by Microsoft to bring the operating system environments of PCs and mobile devices together. It was offered for free for the first year to those who were already using a genuine, working copy of Windows operating system running on their PCs and mobile phones. If you are using a genuine version of Windows and have the license key of your OS you can simply download the Windows 10 upgrade onto your computer and start using it within a couple of hours (as of writing this on January 2, 2016). Even if you have no intention of installing Windows 10 on your device and in case you are operating in a Windows environment, you will keep getting notifications and invitations to download the latest operating system and start using it. Probably this is how so many people ended up installing Windows 10 on their machines and even by the end of 2015, after more than 5 months after its release, you are still getting invites from Microsoft to install.
So how many people do you think are using Windows 10 by the end of 2015. Around 9.96%, according to this Venture Beat report. This is just under 10% of the total market share. In the first week of its release in July 2015, 75 million PCs were using Windows 10 within the first 4 weeks. By the end of the 10-week period 110 million people were using the latest operating system. By the end of 2017 or 2018, Microsoft predicts that worldwide 1 billion devices should be using Windows 10, including PCs, smartphones, gaming consoles and other devices needing an operating system to function.
By the end of November 2015 9% people were using Windows 10, worldwide and a further increase of 0.96% was experienced in December 2015. Although initially the latest operating system grew by 5%, later on it came back to 1% per month, perhaps due to various problems people faced trying to figure out the interface and even compatibility issues with different devices. In order to counter its slower growth, in 2016 Microsoft is planning to make Windows 10 a “recommended update” especially for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 user.
Surprisingly, Windows 7 still remains the most popular operating system worldwide.