Finally, after more than a year and a half since its official launch, Windows 10 has managed to cross 25% market share in desktop operating systems.

Data from NetMarketShare shows that the latest Windows OS is now on 25.3% of all desktops, which includes desktop PCs, laptops, notebooks and 2-in-1 hybrid tablets. Meanwhile, Windows 7 still sits stubbornly at an overwhelmingly dominant 47.2%.

Windows 10 market share of desktop operating systems crosses 25% after more than a year and a half post its release
Windows 10 market share of desktop operating systems crosses 25% after more than a year and a half post its release. Source: NetMarketShare

As we’ve noted several times in the past, 2017 will be the year of Windows 10, when adoption and usage is expected to double to about 50%. Not only will all new devices run the latest version of Windows, but we expect enterprise adoption to spike this year as well.

The problem with Windows 7 users is that many of them have clung on to this version despite standard support lapsing more than two years ago, on January 13, 2015. Why is that the case? Well, Windows 7 is an undeniably great operating system, and a lot of users could be under the impression that Windows 10 is too mobile-centric an OS, just like Windows 8 originally positioned itself to be.

While that’s true on some levels, especially on the UI front, there’s no doubt that Windows 10 is far, far ahead of anything Windows 8.1 is currently capable of. What it attempts to do is to bring on the full power of desktop hardware to the forefront, including capabilities like VR, holographics, 3D, better gaming and much more. In addition, it will eventually bring most of those capabilities into the mobile space, hopefully with the launch of Surface Phone this year.

In case you missed the free Windows 10 upgrade deadline, you can still get a free copy from Microsoft. It’s a full version of Windows 10 1607, and it’s supposedly for users of assistive technologies such as screen reader (Narrator) and so on. But Microsoft has kept the definition of these technologies so loose that it actually covers just about everybody.

Since Microsoft is still offering the Windows 10 upgrade for free, if you’re still on an older version, you don’t need to pay for a full license. Just head over to Microsoft’s Accessibility page and get the free upgrade based on your existing older version product key.

Free Windows 10 Upgrade from Microsoft

What’s more, with the Windows 10 Creators Update less than two months away, this is the right time to upgrade to the current version – in preparation of the major update coming our way very soon.

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