Well, that didn’t take long. Microsoft’s Windows 10 has only been available for a little over a month, but it’s already the fourth-most-popular desktop operating system in the world, according to new data from Net Applications.
The company, which analyzes operating systems worldwide, says that Windows 10 has nabbed 5.2 percent of the desktop OS space. Windows 7 is still the market leader at 57.7 percent share, followed by Windows XP and Windows 8.1, which nabbed 12.1 and 11.4 percent of the market, respectively.
The news comes after Microsoft said that 75 million devices are now running Windows 10, and will likely be well-received in Redmond, where Microsoft and CEO Satya Nadella are in serious need of a successful Windows 10. Since its launch in 2012, Windows 8 was widely panned by users and analysts alike, who criticized its design and said it was a significant step backwards for Microsoft. Few adopted the platform, even after Microsoft launched Windows 8.1 to address some of the issues users had with the original Windows 8.
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