Windows 10’s market share eclipsed Windows 7 in October 2017

By: Matthew Adams
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Windows 7 is one of the best desktop platforms that has retained a substantial user base despite Windows 10 and 8. Although Windows 8 flopped, Win 10 has gradually eaten away at 7’s market share since it launched.

The latest Windows trends figures now highlight that Windows 10 overtook 7’s user base in October 2017.

The eternal Windows 10 vs Windows 7 battle is still on

The latest figures actually highlight that previous Windows trends data was inaccurate. The 2017 trends data showed that Win 10 eclipsed 7’s user base in February 2017. However, Windows 10 only has a 39% share to Win 7’s 45% in the 2018 figures for that same month.

In the latest trends chart, Windows 10 eclipses 7’s user base in October 2017. The most recent market share data for February 2018 shows that Windows 10 now has a 48% market share.

That represents an increase of 9% on the Feb 2017 figure. In comparison, Win 7’s market share has dropped by 6%. Win 8’s user base has dropped by a surprisingly little 3%.

However, Windows trends is not the only market data that highlights Win 10 has the largest overall user base. For the first time, StatCounter market data showed that Windows 10 overtook 7’s user base in Jan 2018. StatCounter figures highlight that Windows 10 has a 42.78% market share, which just shades 7’s 41.86%.

The StatCounter CEO stated:

This is a breakthrough for Microsoft… However, Windows 7 retains loyalty especially among business users. Microsoft will be hoping that it can replace it a lot quicker than XP, launched in August 2001, which fell below five per cent usage worldwide only in June 2017.

Thus, Windows 10 has now seemingly become the world’s foremost OS. However, Netmarketshare’s data still paints a slightly different picture. The Netmarketshare’s figure for Windows 10’s market share currently stands at 34.06%, which places it about 7.55% behind Win 7.

Nevertheless, at least Microsoft is only battling with its own platforms for desktop OS supremacy. Desktop platforms from alternative software publishers hardly figure. The Mac OS is Windows’ closest rival with an overall 9.89% Netmarketshare figure. You can check out this post for further details about some of the alternative operating systems.

Windows 10’s user base will probably increase all the more by the end of this year. Microsoft is launching Office 2019 exclusively for Windows 10 to ween more business users away from Win 7. As such, Office 2019 might further erode the current Windows 7 user base in Win 10’s favor.

The Microsoft CEO has stated that more than 600 million devices are now running on Windows 10. So with Windows 10 gaining ever more momentum, it will surely thrust more clearly ahead of Win 7. You can check out the Windows trends data at this page.

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