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More people are using Windows 10 than ever before

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It appears that Windows 10 is continuing to grow in popularity, with recent figures showing that 34.92% of PC users are running the operating system.

The figures come courtesy of Netmarketshare (opens in new tab), a company that tracks what operating systems people use on the internet. While the company can't determine the operating system of every laptop or desktop PC in the world, it at least gives us an idea of how well operating systems are doing.

With Windows 10 hitting its largest market share ever, Microsoft will surely be pleased.

Windows 7 hangs on

However, despite Windows 10 growing in popularity, according to Netmarketshare, Windows 7 remains the most popular operating system for PCs.

Microsoft may be struggling to convince those users to upgrade, but it should at least take comfort in the fact that it’s still clearly in the lead when it comes to desktop and laptop operating systems, with the Windows platform as a whole being used by 88.53% of users. Meanwhile, Apple’s range of macOS operating systems are a distant second at 8.75%, and Linux third with 2.27%.

It’s worth noting that this is just from statistics recorded by a single company. Earlier this year we reported that Statcounter found that Windows 10 has surpassed Windows 7 users.

The truth may lie somewhere between these two results, but what’s clear is that Windows 10’s user base continues to grow, and that Apple, Linux and Chome OS devices still have a long way to go to topple Microsoft’s dominance.

Via Windows Report

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Computing and Entertainment

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Computing and Entertainment, looking after two of the best, and most exciting, channels on the site. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made. He's also a huge film and TV fan and Marvel geek, and his favorite recent film is Dune.