Now the freebies are over, Windows 7 rebounds and Windows 10 uptake declines
WINDOWS 7 use saw a sharp rise in market share this month at the expense of Windows 8.x and, worryingly for Microsoft, the current Windows 10.
The latest figures from Net Applications’ Netmarketshare service show Windows 7, now over seven years old, gain a full percentage point to bolster its place as the world’s most popular desktop operating system with 48.27 per cent (+1.02 on last month).
Full percentage point changes are increasingly rare, especially for an operating system which has declined from an all-time high of 52.34 per cent in March.
Meanwhile, Windows 10 use was down slightly at 22.53 per cent (-0.46), not a direction that Microsoft will want to see, although it’s more than likely just a blip.
Net Applications uses a very simple algorithm: the number of computers connecting to the internet on a given operating system. The long-term trend has a margin of error, although the extent of the Windows 7 upswing has surprised experts a little.
Windows 8.1 is down slightly at 7.83 (-0.09), and combined versions of Windows 8.x are down to 9.61 (-0.13). In combination, therefore, customers who were eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10 during the first year (those on Window 7 and 8.x) have gone up by 0.89 per cent.
This goes to show that the appetite for Windows 10 now that the free offer is over and the nagging has (mostly) stopped, is tiny and the number of machines running Windows 10 is still not even one in four yet, making it increasingly unlikely that uptake will meet Microsoft’s target of two billion machines in two years.