While Windows 10 has already eclipsed Windows Vista and Windows 8 in terms of adoption, it has yet to overtake the widely popular Windows 7. That could change within a year if the latest NetMarketShare report is any indication.
Beginning with the release of Windows Vista and, later, Windows 8, Microsoft has been having a lot of trouble when it comes to creating a stable operating system. Thankfully, Windows 7 remains far from disappointing users. Thus, it wasn’t surprising when Microsoft experience major difficulty convincing users to upgrade to its latest desktop operating system.
Windows 10 catching up
When Microsoft began manufacturing of Windows 10 16 months ago, the hope was to revive consumer interest in desktops after desktop sales plummeted 11% year on year according to a Gartner report.
In July 2015, the software giant offered free upgrades to Windows 10 in a bid to draw more consumers from legacy operating systems. To Microsoft’s dismay, many users remained loyal to Windows 7.
However, NetMarketShare’s report for desktop usage in November of this year offers a sliver of hope for Windows 10. Although Windows 7 still holds the lion’s share (49.16%) in the desktop operating system market, Windows 10 is catching up. Windows 10 adoption is keeping a steady growth over the course of the past year while Windows 7 has been in a gradual fall, according to NetMarketShare.
Although Windows 10 usage on desktops ceased increasing after Microsoft ended the free upgrade offer, it did not stop rising. It may have leveled out at a certain point of time, but the trend now indicates an upward trajectory for the desktop OS.
Nonetheless, many tech pundits like to attribute the uptick in Windows 10 adoption to the upgrade, offering a pessimistic outlook for the OS over the coming months. But with Windows 10 having surpassed Windows 7 for PC gamers on Steam coupled with an upcoming Windows 10-based HP phone, it’s only a matter of time before it can do the same for the general consumer.