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Windows 10 rises above Windows Vista and Windows 8 usage shares

Windows 10 rises above Windows Vista and Windows 8 usage shares

by AshwinSeptember 1, 2015

Windows 10 has achieved its first landmark usage share on desktops.


The operating system which debuted a month ago, has grown to amass an impressive 75 million installs on PCs and tablets.

Microsoft has not, and in fact, does not reveal the total number of users of any version of Windows in any given period. But there are several third party trackers such as StatCounter, and NetMarketShare, which gather the usage shares data.

And the last month has been an incredible one for Windows 10, which has gained 5.21% usage shares on desktop, when compared to other versions of Windows. Naturally, that attributes to the downfall of older operating systems.

Windows 8’s numbers continued to drop steadily from 2.90% in June to 2.78% in July, and ended August with a mere 2.56% of usage shares. Windows Vista dropped similarly from 1.62%  to  1.84%  to  1.82%, in the last three months.

Windows Vista and Windows 8 together sums up to 4.38%, which is less than Windows 10’s usage shares for August.

Windows 7, and 8.1 have also seen massive drops by 3% and 2% drops in their usage, while unbelievably, Windows XP actually grew from 11.72 to 12.14%. This is incredibly surprising, considering that Windows XP reached its End of Support on April 8th, 2014. SuperSite believes this may be possible due to users trying to run old PCs to check if it could be upgraded to Windows 10.

Microsoft’s free upgrade offer to Windows 10 for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users cann be attributed as the reason for the shift in the usage shares of older versions of Windows. And if you perform a simple calculation, you can see how many installations happen per day.

75,000,000 million users/ 30 days = 2,500,000 million users per day.

Going by that logic, (assuming the number of installs remains constant or climbs higher) we should see Microsoft’s new operating system break the 100,000 million mark in another 10 days. This also means that Windows 10 should comfortably overtake the total number of Mac OS X userbase which amounts to just 7.52% for all versions of Apple’s OS.

Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade until July 2016, so it should continue to rise up towards the top over the next 11 months. Of course, we must not forget the fact that Windows 10 PCs and new licenses of Windows 10 will also help it in its climb to the mountain’s peak to claim the crown of the most popular OS in the World.  Microsoft is targeting 1 Billion installs by 2017, but is that an achievable target? Only time will answer that.