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Windows 10 usage grew 12.4% in 2015, while both Windows 7 and XP dropped the most

Windows 10 usage grew 12.4% in 2015, while both Windows 7 and XP dropped the most

by AshwinNovember 30, 2015

Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, seems to be doing incredibly well, according to some recently released analytical data.

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However, that doesn’t spell the same for its predecessors.

The biggest losers in the competition, are Windows 7 and Windows XP. It is understandable why XP is losing users, since the Redmond company ended support for the classic operating system in April 2014. As a result of this many software vendors, have also ended support for the legacy operating system, which has in turn made users upgrade to a newer operating system.

Windows 7 on the other hand, is considered one of the finest operating systems, if not the best one from Microsoft. It managed to stand tall when Windows 8 was launched, but to be fair the latter was a complete mess, even outdoing Vista’s miserable days. And though Windows 8.1 did improve things slightly, the majority of users preferred a non-metro UI version of Windows , sans of the Windows Store Apps, aka good old Windows 7.

But this changed completely with the emergence of Windows 10. Microsoft played the cards right, by launching a public preview of the operating system, under the Windows Insider Program and listening to user feedback to include features with the users wanted. The return of the Start Menu stands out as an example, and Microsoft Edge, barebones as it is in its current state, is another example of the things which the Redmond company did correctly, for once.

Add to this mixture, free upgrades for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users, and you have success spelled out in bold letters. This is the logic behind the steady climb Windows 10’s adoption rate, and Windows 7’s dropping numbers.

Now, coming to the data at hand. Windows 10 has seen a usage growth of 12.4% in 2015, according to the data provided by the United States Digital Analytics program. reports ZDNet.

Windows 7’s shares fell from 71.1% at the start of the year, to 64.2%, losing a whopping 7% over the last eleven months, in the process. XP is the second most affected OS, which dropped from 5.8% to 3.7%. These diminishing numbers are Windows 10’s gain, and the key to reach Microsoft’s self-imposed target of 1 Billion installs of the OS by the year 2017.

The data of course doesn’t not show Windows 10’s usage for the first two quarter of the year, i.e. from January to June (and July), since Microsoft only launched the operating system in the last week of July. You may also notice that the other operating systems only total about 7%, so the other 1% of the 8% that Windows 10 boasted in August, could be nubers it gained from new PCs.