Windows 10 market share climbs to 11.85% as of January 2016

Hammad Saleem


The analytics firm NetMartketShare has released the operating systems market share figure for the month of January 2016.

Based on the numbers, it seems Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is on the rise, grabbing a market share of 11.85 percent as of January 2016, increasing from 9.96 percent in December. This is definitely something to cheer about for the folks at Redmond as Windows 10 market share is continuously on the rise ever since its launch in July 2015. Microsoft is offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for users running Windows 8 and Windows 7 for a year after which they’ll have to purchase it. So, make sure to upgrade to Windows 10 before July and see if it’s good for you. Otherwise, you have the option to roll back and switch to your existing operating system.

The most surprising thing in this months figures is that Windows XP is on the rise again, despite the fact that Microsoft no longer supports the operating system which puts user’s privacy at huge risk. The decade old operating system is now running on 11.42 percent as of January 2016, up from 10.93 percent.

Windows 7 continues to decline and is now running on 52.47 percent while Windows 8.1 is now on 10.40 percent, a negligible increase of 0.1 percent compared to last month.

Microsoft took care of several issues and complaints with Windows 10 and made sure there’s an operating system which can truly be called the successor to Windows 7. It’s still not perfect, but it appears the company is moving in the right direction with Windows 10.