Windows 10 sets one-month OS adoption record

But data also shows torrid pace has cooled since early August

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Windows 10 in August set a record for a one-month increase in user share for any operating system, an analytics firm said today.

According to California-based Net Applications, Windows 10's user share -- a measure of the number of unique users who used the OS to go online -- grew 4.8 percentage points in August to 5.2% for the month.

August was the first full month that Windows 10 was available to download and install free of charge by those with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 personal computers and 2-in-1s. Microsoft officially launched the upgrade on July 29.

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