Windows 10 creeps past Windows 7 usage, latest update barely used

Laverne Mann
January 3, 2019

Another widely referenced service, StatCounter, reckons that Windows 10 passed Windows 7 a year ago, putting the new operating system at 52.42 percent to its predecessor's 35.65 percent. According to Net Market Share, however, Windows 10 now has a usage share of 39.22%, beating Windows 7's 36.90% usage share.

Microsoft had hoped that its Windows 10 October Update would deliver a range of important updates to its operating system.

Stat-wranglers from NetMarketShare are the latest to declare that Windows 10 has gently given its much-loved (or less disliked) predecessor a nudge toward oblivion, if only by a few percentage points. Windows 7 reached 100 million users in less than six months of its launch. Last Windows 10 update rolled out in December, 2018.

The achievement is a big one for Redmond. Majority of Window 7 users continue to be enterprise customers, and Microsoft will have to continue pushing these businesses to slowly make the shift to Windows 10.

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Figures from AdDuplex, which suggest that just 6.6 per cent of all Windows 10 machines have been updated to the 1809 version.

It is being said that Microsoft has started "aggressively pushing the update", installing it on all compatible devices without users needing to click the "check for updates" button. One year later, it admitted that prediction was overly optimistic-partly because of the demise of the Windows Phone.

By comparison, 26.08% of users on Steam are on Windows 7 (64 bit). Windows 10 usage among both groups has continued to rise steadily even after the official end of Microsoft's free update period, but gamer adoption has remained well ahead of overall market penetration.

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