Windows 10 hits 35% user base, Windows 7 takes the crown with 43%

By: Matthew Adams
2 minute read
Windows 10 market share

Microsoft recently confirmed Windows 10 is installed on more than 700 million devices. So, we would expect market data to also show a percentage increase in Windows 10‘s user base share. The latest Netmarketshare data shows that Windows 10’s user base has almost increased to the 35% mark with its highest Netmarketshare percentage figure to date.

The Netmarketshare June 2018 figure for Window 10’s user base stands at 34.92%. That is Windows 10’s highest Netmarketshare percentage figure which highlights the platform’s user base continues to increase. Yet, the figure represents only a very slight user share increase for Windows 10 in 2018 as it stood at 34.29% in January. That amounts to a 0.63% increase in the platform’s user base during this year.

Windows 7 keeps its crown

Windows 7 remains ahead of Win 10 in Netmarketshare’s market data. Windows 7‘s user share also increased slightly to 43.03%. Furthermore, that figure also represents an increase in Win 7‘s user base during 2018 as the platform has climbed from 42.39 in January 2018 (an almost identical 0.64% percentage increase). Thus, Windows 10 is seemingly not making great inroads into 7’s user base at the moment.

However, StatCounter market share data for Windows paints a somewhat different picture. Win 10‘s user base stands at 46.43% in StatsCounter’s chart data. Thus, StatCounter shows that Windows 10 has now eclipsed 7’s user base, which stands at 39.36% on its chart. There Windows 10 has climbed from 42.4% in January 2018, while 7 has dropped from 41.5%.

Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra), Windows 8.1 and XP are the third, fourth and fifth platforms on Netmarketshare’s Operating System Share chart. For an unsupported platform, XP retains a surprisingly high 3.96% market share. Windows 10’s user share has at least risen well above 8.1’s percentage figure, which has slumped to 4.89%. Mac OS X 10.13 is on the rise, and it has now overtaken both 8.1 and XP with a 5.36% market share.

So, Windows 10 still has a bit to do to eclipse Windows 7 in Netmarketshare’s OS share chart. Windows 7 still retains a large user base, and Mac OS X 10.13 might provide some more serious competition for Win 10 from Apple. However, with Microsoft releasing more exclusive software for Win 10 along with two big annual updates, it will probably eventually overtake Windows 7 on all the OS user base charts.

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