Windows 10 Increases Desktop Internet Usage Share

The numbers for Windows 10 are gradually increasing following the release around two months ago. NetMarketShare revealed that the new OS copped 7.94 percent of all desktop-generated internet traffic for the month of October. However, it appears the increase has decelerated since it opened with 5.21 percent in August.

The lower results in the adoption of the latest version of Windows in the past two months give an indication of the importance for Microsoft to demonstrate to consumers that it is still capable of producing a user-friendly OS following the issues hounding Windows 8. The company had to offer its latest operating system for free for the first year to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users since a good number of users were cautious about upgrading their OS to Windows 8.

The Home edition will be priced at $119 once the free offer expires. On the other hand, the Pro version of Windows 10 will be priced at $199. Since the initial 5.21 percent share of desktop OS internet traffic in August, the share of the latest Microsoft OS increased by 1.42 points in September as it went up to 6.63 percent and by October the share increased to 7.94 percent for an increase of 1.31 points.

Windows 10 Increases Desktop Internet Usage Share

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The upgrade has been encouraged by the company through regular reminders to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. An October 29 blog post from Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows and Devices group, indicated that version 10 is classified as an “optional update” by Microsoft. It is expected to be changed into a “recommended update” by next year. While this may compel users of the older version to unconsciously update to the latest version, the update can be stopped. Users can also revert to their previous version of the OS if they are not satisfied with Windows 10.

Windows 7 currently has the biggest share of internet traffic for majority of desktops for the October, according to NetMarketShare. Windows XP comes in second with nearly 12 percent while Windows 8.1 comes in at third with nearly 11 percent.

A spokeswoman from Microsoft did not offer any comments on the figures associated with Windows 10 since the company does not comment of data provided by third parties.

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