Now the free­bies are over, Win­dows 7 re­bounds and Win­dows 10 up­take de­clines

Malta Independent - - TECHNOLOGY -

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.

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