Windows 10 growth hits the brakes

After an explosive January, Windows 10's gains slow dramatically -- even though Microsoft has switched on upgrade auto-delivery

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Following explosive growth in January, Windows 10's gains in users and usage decelerated last month, data from three sources showed today.

The growth falloff varied by source, with one pegging it as the slowest rate since October, the second the most sluggish since November, and the third the most leisurely since December. All were in agreement, however, that Windows 10's growth was significantly smaller than in January, in some cases by just half as much.

Data published Tuesday by U.S.-based analytics vendor Net Applications said Windows 10 powered 14.2% of all Windows PCs in February, a 1.1-point increase from the month prior. Net Applications measures user share -- a proxy for the percentage of the global PC population running a particular operating system -- by tallying unique visitors to clients' websites.

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