Windows 10 is already outselling Mac OS X and Windows Vista, as Microsoft says its new operating system is growing at "unprecedented" rate

Clara Guibourg
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Windows 10 was launched one month ago (Source: Getty)

Microsoft can breathe a sigh of relief: after the unpopularity of Windows 8, the newly-released operating system Windows 10 is growing at an unprecedented rate.

After one month on the market, figures released today show the system already has over five per cent of the PC market, making it the fourth biggest operating system in the world.

Windows 10 is now bigger than Mac’s OS X and outstrips Microsoft’s older versions Windows 8 and Vista, shows data from Net Applications.

If you’re still running Windows 7, you’re far from alone. The market leader still operates on the lion’s share of devices worldwide, with 57.7 per cent of the market, way ahead of runner-up Windows XP and Windows 8.1, which have 12.1 and 11.4 per cent respectively.

Microsoft rolled out its latest version of Windows as a free upgrade. Last week the tech giant said that 75m devices were already running on Windows 10.

After the lukewarm (at best) response to Windows 8, it looks as though users are embracing the latest iteration of the longstanding operating system, with data from Brandwatch showing fans of the system outnumber its haters by a five to one ratio on social media.

Windows 10 was launched on 29 July, introducing features such as digital assistant Cortana and new browser Edge, as well as the hotly-anticipated return of the start menu many were so sorely missing from Windows 8.

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