Windows 10 and Windows XP usage rises, while Windows 7 loses ground

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Windows 10’s adoption rate keeps rising and Windows 8 usage is still going down, according to the latest  StatCounter’s monthly worldwide traffic report.

Microsoft’s operating systems in statistics

Microsoft’s operating systems are used by 84.48% of users, while OS X is running on 11.3% of the world’s computers. Linux has a total market share of 1.79%, Chrome OS holds a 0.46% market share, while other OSs are used by 1.97% of users. FreeBSD is not being used anymore.

Let’s check out more facts about the Microsoft’s operating systems. Off all the tracked operating systems, it seems that Windows 10 usage has risen to 36.93% in July from 36.6% the month before. Windows 8 usage, on the other hand, has dropped from 2.4% to 2.32% and Windows 8.1 usage fell from 9.37% to 9.14%. Windows Vista and Windows 7 usage have slipped as well.

What does all this mean?

Even if these numbers reflect a marginal rise-and-fall effect, they are very significant from a statistical point of view because these things have been happening for quite a while now.

Windows XP managed to crawl up to 4.94% n July from 4.86% in June, and this was entirely unexpected. StatCounter’s data for the past year showed that XP has been in a constant decline except for a bump that occurred back in December when the operating system went up to 5.93% from 5.92% in November. We could even say that the operating system is making an effort to come back to life. But these changes are so tiny, and this will probably turn out not to be a long-time trend.

Regarding Windows 98 and Windows 2000, these operating systems remained unchanged; their usage is stuck at 0.1%.


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