Windows 10 is now the second most popular desktop operating system (OS) currently in use, according to Netmarketshare, which tracks browser and OS usage.
The operating system, which launched in August last year, is now used by around 11.8% of the total worldwide PC market, having overtaken Windows 8.1, which has a 10.4% share, and Windows XP, which has an 11.4% share.
The total PC market is thought to be around 1.5 billion PCs, which means Windows 10 is now on around 160 million computers. Microsoft recently announced that 200 million people were using Windows 10, but that is spread across tablets, PCs, and Xbox.
A 52% share of the market means that Windows 7 is still the dominant operating system, with around 780 million users globally. Mac OS X, the desktop operating system from Apple, has around 75 million users in total.
Microsoft’s goal is one billion people using Windows 10, a figure that Apple recently announced its mobile OS iOS has achieved. The company is giving away Windows for free up until late July in an effort to increase usage.
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