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Windows 10 now runs on almost 8% of desktops

by AshwinNovember 2, 2015

Windows 10 was launched exactly three months ago. So, how is the new operating system faring?

Windows 10 usage share november 2015

Microsoft announced recently, that Windows 10 is running on over 110 Million Devices. But how many users does it actually have compared to earlier other versions of Windows? Microsoft never releases those interesting butds of information, even though it intrigues users.

Fortunately for us, we can always get that info from services like Netmarketshare.

According to its latest report, Windows 10 now runs on almost 8% of desktops. The exact number stands at 7.94%. In comparison, its predecessor Windows 8.1 has a usage share of 10.68%. Well, it looks like the new operating system from the Redmond company will soon overtake it.

Windows 8 on the other hand has a paltry 2.54%, no big surprise there. Windows 7 has a whopping 55.71% of desktop usage share, and continues to be the most popular desktop operating system. Clearly this is going to be the biggest hurdle to Windows 10. Microsoft’s targeted goal of 1 Billion installs of Windows 10 by 2017, looks like a distant dream seeing the ever so persistent popularity of Windows 7.

But the real surprise isn’t Windows 7, but the classic, the legend, Windows XP. Microsoft retired XP, by ending support for the operating system, back in April 2014. But Windows XP continues to exist, and boasts a usage share of 11.68%. Yes, XP still has more users than Windows 8.1 does, even though it no longer is the recipient of Windows Updates.

A notable absentee in the chart is Windows Vista.

Apple’s Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite holds 3.45% of shares and OS X 10.11 El Capitan has 2.18%. While that may not be impressive numbers, you must take into account that the number actually is not merely of the Cupertino company’s operating system itself, and instead is of the actual hardware devices. This is because Apple doesn’t merely sells licenses of its OS, it sells a device running on OS X.

Back to the issue at hand, the report clearly shows that Windows 10’s presence is climbing slowly.  And the numbers are only going to climb from here, as Windows 10 is being offered as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users, until July 2016.

Speaking of which, Microsoft plans to offer the Windows 10 upgrade as an optional Windows Update for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1, and early next year, the Redmond company plans to roll out the Windows 10 upgrade as a recommended Windows update. This is bad news, because anyone who has the “deliver recommended updates as important ones”, will be forced to upgrade to Windows 10.

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