Net Market Share has just released its numbers for the month of January, and for the first time Windows 10, released just this pass summer, overtook Windows XP in terms of desktop usage for the OS. Windows 10 was installed on 11.85% of desktops, while Windows XP fell to the rear with 11.42%. Windows 10 also overtook Windows 8.1, which has just 10.4%. However, all three versions of the OS seem to have actually increased share since December 2015 at the expense of the juggernaut Windows 7, which dropped from a massive 55.68% down to 52.47%.
Windows 10 clearly has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to be that top seed, but at this current rate it should be no time before it claims that top spot. Lets not forget that the OS is a free upgrade for the first year (no matter how hard Microsoft tries to remind us), and that Microsoft just stopped support in Windows 8/8.1 and Windows XP.