Windows 10 Nabs Over 5% of Desktop OS Market in a Month
In its first full month of availability, Microsoft's latest operating system is already having a big impact on the OS market.Windows 10 managed to surpass Mac OS X during its first full month on the market. According to Net Applications, Windows 10 was running on 5.21 percent of the systems measured by the Web analytics firm in August. By comparison, Apple's Mac OS X operating system holds 4.76 percent of the market. Windows 7 remains the most popular OS with over 57 percent. Microsoft released Windows 10 on July 29 as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. On Aug. 26, Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing for Microsoft Windows and Devices, announced on Twitter that 75 million devices were running the new OS. Also last week, during a visit to the company's Redmond, Wash., campus, executives confirmed that of those devices, 1.5 million were running Windows 10 Enterprise. The system software's popularity is not only the cause of long wait times for technical support, it is also sparking concerns among privacy advocates.