Windows 10 Desktop Adoption Sped Up in March, Figures Show

The steadily rising adoption of Windows 10 among desktop users accelerated in March, according to new figures published today by NetMarketShare. Microsoft’s latest flagship operating system now has a 14.15% slice of the market – though Windows 7 remains well ahead in usage.

Overall, Windows 10 saw a 1.33% gain during the month. As TechRadar notes, the system’s respective shares in January and February were 11.85% and 12.82%, a difference of just under 1%. There was, therefore, a sharp rise in the growth rate of Windows 10 usage during March – which suggests that Microsoft’s policy of offering the OS as a free update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users is continuing to pay off.

However, that free update offer will expire in late July – meaning that Windows 10 adoption could grow at an even speedier rate during the next four months. Right now, Windows 7 is still easily the desktop market leader, its share sitting at a massive 51.89%.

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