What market share does Windows 7 have today?

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Microsoft has already released several major updates for Windows 10, the latest one being the Windows 10 November 2019 Update. But despite being available for nearly five years now, many Windows 7 users still haven’t upgraded to Windows 10. While the initial builds of Windows 10 suffered from a slew of bugs and issues, the latest ones seem to have ironed them out. As a matter of fact, Windows 10 v1909 is perhaps the most stable OS Microsoft has released so far.

How popular is Windows 7 in 2020?

According to market research firm NetMarketShare, Windows 7 still holds a strong position as the one of most widely used desktop operating systems at almost 30%. Windows 10 is now the most popular Windows OS in the world, but Windows 7 still retains an impressive number of 250M users.

Interestingly, Windows XP still ranks third when it comes to market share with 6.07%. In other words, the decade old Windows XP has the same market share as Windows 8.1. And while Windows XP is losing market share, the rate at which it’s happening (0.03%) is something that should worry Microsoft. Speaking of which, if you want to keep using Windows XP forever, make sure to bookmark this guide.

Microsoft is bullish on Windows 10 and is expecting an increased market share once Windows 10 2004 rolls out. The new major update is expected to be available to the general public starting the first half of 2020. The big M already launched the Windows 10 v1809 force upgrade campaign in an attempt to push more and more users to the latest OS versions.

It is likely that enterprises are still sticking to Windows 7. Also, many users are still apprehensive about the automatic updates in Windows 10. What most of the users don’t understand is that the timely updates are part and parcel of the Windows 10 ecosystem and crucial for security.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.