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Windows 10 market share continues to increase as XP falls below 7% for the first time

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Last month, NetMarketShare reported that all major versions of Windows except Windows 10 had faced a decrease in market share. On the other hand, “Mac OS X” 10.12 had grown slightly. This month’s report paints a considerably different picture, indicating that Windows 7 and 10 have both grown in terms of market share while XP had fallen below 7% for the first time.

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According to NetMarketShare’s latest report, Windows 7 has shown an increase of almost 1 percentage point, and now accounts for 49.46% of the market. Similarly, Windows 10 has also grown from 26.28% last month to 26.78% this month.

But perhaps, Microsoft will be happier to hear that Windows XP’s market share has gone below 7% for the first time, and now sits at 5.66% – a considerable decline of 1.38 percentage points as compared to the previous month. The company introduced the ancient operating system back in 2001, and in fact, ended extended support for it in 2014, but it appears that it is still used by a sizeable portion of its user base.

Meanwhile, Windows 8.1’s market share fell to 6.74% as well. All in all, Windows still commands a market share of 91.64%, with Apple’s Mac being a distant second at 6.36%.

“Mac OS X” 10.12 showed a slight increase and now holds a market share of 3.59%. On the other hand, “other” operating systems declined to 7.77%.

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A separate firm, StatCounter has illustrated a similar story as well. However, it indicates that Windows dominates the market at 83.93% whereas OS X is at second place with 11.74%. StatCounter has divided the same 83.93% market share of Windows relative to individual versions as well, which can be viewed below.

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By simple arithmetic, it can be seen that Windows 7 leads with a market share of 38.90%, while Windows 10 is a close second at 30.01%. Similarly, Windows 8 / 8.1 and Windows XP sit at 9.89% and 4.26% respectively. Windows Vista’s market share is negligible at 0.81%. You can check out the detailed reports by hitting the source links below.

Google Says Gmail Now Blocks 99.9% of Spam and Phishing Emails

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Continuing its efforts to bring AI into every little product it has, Google announced today that improvements it made to Gmail’s machine learning algorithms help it detect and block spam and phishing messages with an accuracy of 99.9%.

To put things into perspective, the company says spam messages account between 50% and 70% percent of emails Gmail users receive on a daily basis.

If let’s say Gmail’s security systems would go down for a day, you can only imagine the amount of spam a user’s inbox would receive.

Blame it on Gmail’s new AI systems

Google credits this huge improvement to new security systems that rely on machine learning to analyze and catalog emails as they arrive or leave a user’s Gmail inbox.

In a series of four blog posts, Google also detailed a bunch of new security features it will be adding to Gmail in the following days. Here’s a summary of all updates:

Gmail will show a big fat warning inside the “Reply box” when a user is answering a user that’s not part of his organization’s domain, or that’s not in the user’s contacts list. This includes the reply-to address, but also CC and BCC fields. Google introduced this feature to prevent accidental replies to spear-phishing emails that arrive from unknown persons.
Gmail will add a delay of a few minutes to emails that match a known phishing pattern. Google says the delay will be up to 4 minutes, which is the amount of time its Safe Browsing technology needs to scan links included in the email.
⋙ Google says it now correlates spam signals with attachment and sender heuristics to predict messages containing new and unseen malware variants. Google says these improvements allow Gmail’s AI system to better detect zero-day threats, ransomware, and polymorphic malware.
⋙ Gmail on Android will receive the same click-time warnings available for desktop users. These are intermediary screens that Google shows when it thinks users have clicked on a phishing link it didn’t detect when the email was first received.