How high can Windows 10 go?
It’s now been just over half a year since Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public. In that time, it’s shown steady growth month-to-month, including February, in which Windows 10’s market share jumped a percentage point.
That doesn’t sound like much to ballyhoo about, but the thing to keep in mind is that more and more users continue to upgrade and flock to Windows 10, which is precisely where Microsoft wants them to be. February was no exception, with Windows 10’s share of the desktop market now at 12.82 percent, according to Net Applications.
That’s up from 11.85 percent in January and 9.96 percent in December. In every month since Windows 10 debuted, it’s increased its share of the market by at least around 1 percent.
Meanwhile, older versions of Windows are losing numbers. Windows 8.1 dropped from 10.4 percent in January to 9.83 percent in February, while Windows 7 dipped slightly from 52.47 percent to 52.34 percent in the same period. Same goes for Windows XP, which fell a hair from 11.42 percent to 11.24 percent.
Microsoft’s goal is for there to be 1 billion Windows 10 devices some 2-3 years after launch. The last official count from Microsoft puts Windows 10 on over 200 million devices, or 20 percent of the way to its goal.
The reason any of this matters is because is betting its future on Windows 10. It’s so confident in its strategy that it was willing to give Windows 10 away as a free upgrade for the first year, as having a large userbase to sell supplementary services like Office 365 and OneDrive was deemed more important that generating early Windows 10 revenue.