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Although Microsoft is investing both money and time in its cloud services, that doesn’t mean the company has given up on its desktop operating system and Windows is unimportant to its strategy. Microsoft still cares about Windows 10 and the company is also paying attention to market share numbers.

AdDuplex recently reported that Windows 10 April 2018 Update is already on 50% of devices. It appears that Windows 10 April 2018 Update has also helped the platform in the OS market. NetMarketShare’s May report shows that Windows 10 has managed to improve its presence in the OS market, and now it holds 34.74% market share.

The good news is that Windows 10 continues to steady progress in taking over the reins from Windows 7, and while Windows 10 is already the most popular desktop operating system on StatCounter, another analyst firm NetMarketShare says the OS is yet to overtake Windows 7.

Windows 10 achieved 34.74 percent share in May 2018, up from 33.81 percent in April 2018. The market share of Windows 10 has increased by almost one percent and it’s a good news given that Windows 10 April 2018 Update is still rolling out. It appears that Windows 10 is growing at expense of Windows 7 as the latter saw a drop from 43.45 percent to 41.79.

Windows 10 market share of May
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Interestingly, Windows XP rose from 4.36% to 5.04% and Windows 8.1 also saw an increase from 5.25% to 5.36%.

It’s quite obvious that Microsoft won’t be able to achieve its original goal of billion Windows 10 users anytime soon. The company recently said that more than 700 million devices are powered by Windows 10, and it continues to climb in market share.

Windows 7 is likely to lose its market share in the enterprise segment given that Microsoft will end support for the OS in 2020. The businesses also continue to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

Windows 10 is growing, and there’s no doubt about this, but there’s still a long way to go to catch Windows 7. The Redmond-based tech giant itself confirmed that more users are moving to Windows 10, and it’s likely to improve in the coming months. Microsoft’s new OS is getting closer to Windows 7, but fact that it’s doing it at a rather slow pace is concerning.

Needless to say, Windows 10 April 2018 Update and Redstone 5 update will also help the platform improve its market share.

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Mayank Parmar

Mayank Parmar is an entrepreneur who founded Windows Latest. He is the Editor-in-Chief and has written on various topics in his seven years of career, but he is mostly known for his well-researched work on Microsoft's Windows. His articles and research works have been referred to by CNN, Business Insiders, Forbes, Fortune, CBS Interactive, Microsoft and many others over the years.