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Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 11 dominate desktop operating system and browser usage stats

Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 11 dominate desktop operating system and browser usage stats

by AshwinMay 4, 2015

Windows 10 may be heading our way in the next two months or so, but it will have to defeat one heck of a rival.


And no, I’m not talking about the classic operating system, Windows XP.

It is XP’s bigger brother, Windows 7 which stands tall with over 50% shares as the most used desktop operating system in the World, reports NetMarketshare.

The five year old operating system from Redmond which debuted in 2009, has 58.39% of desktop usage shares and is the undisputed king amongst all operating systems. It is followed by the mighty and aging Windows XP, which was introduced 13 years ago in 2002.

And what a difference there is in the numbers between the #1 and #2. The most popular operating system from Microsoft somehow still holds 15.93% of shares.Windows 7 has over three and half times the number of shares that XP holds. Windows XP held about 16.94% shares in April, and had 23.89% in September 2014, and the numbers have been dropping steadily with each passing month.

The third place belongs to Windows 8.1 has just 11.16% of shares, in its 18 months of existence.In fact, Windows 8.1 and 8 combined, held 14.07% of shares last month, and has only grown by 0.59% to sum up to 14.66% this month.

Apple’s Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 follows behind at fourth with 4.23%, while Windows 8, termed by Microsoft Employees as “The New Vista” after it launched and flopped miserably, takes the fifth place with an embarrassing 3.5%.

The original Vista has 1.95% of shares and is followed by Mac OS X Mavericks at 1.53%.Windows 10 does not appear in the report as it has not been released yet, and the Technical Preview of the OS is not taken into account.

Microsoft recently announced at the BUILD Developer Conference that it has over 3.7 million users in its Windows Insider Program, who use Windows 10. These numbers could change drastically as Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users.

Most Popular Browsers April 2015:

Now, coming to the browser wars, there isn’t much of a challenge here either. Microsoft Internet Explorer tops the list as the most popular desktop web browser with an impressive score of 55.83% of users.


It is followed by Google Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.0 boasting 25.04 % shares tops the list, and is followed by an older version of the Redmond company’s browser, IE 8.0, which has 16.05% of users and takes the second place.

Google Chrome 41.0 takes the third spot with 8.86%, followed by Internet Exploer 9.0 which has 8.1% of the shares. Google Chrome 42.0 sits at fifth with 7.69%, while Mozilla Firefox continues to go down hill with 6.45% at sixth place.

Internet Epxlorer 10.1 rounds off the list with 5.1% at seventh place. the remaining 22.7% are held by other browsers including Appple Safari, Opera, and older versions of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

Project Spartan aka Microsoft Edge is not considered here, as it is part of Windows 10, which is yet to make its stable debut.Microsoft Internet Explorer will retire when Windows 10 is released, and will be replaced by Edge as the fefault browser in the upcoming OS.