Windows 10 operating system is most successful OS: About two and a half years after its release, Windows 10 has finally passed Windows 7 worldwide. According to the Stat Counter web analytics company, the share of Windows 10 on Windows PCs is 42.78%, ahead of Windows 7 at 41.86%. Windows 10, which was launched in July 2015, has climbed continuously since January 2017, starting from 32.84%, while Windows 7 has declined since 47.46% over the period.
Windows 10 not in the lead everywhere
The other widely cited analyst company, Net Market Share, reports that Windows 7 maintains a clear lead over Windows 10, although the gap between the two platforms has tightened over the months. As previously explained by ZDNet’s Ed Bott, Net Market Share measures daily unique users within its network, while Stat Counter measures total traffic. Net Market Share also weight data by country, unlike Stat Counter. More specifically, the analytical portal of the US government indicates that 21.3% of the 2.59 billion visitors in the last three months used Windows 10, against 19.8% for Windows 7. The visits were evenly distributed among visitors American and international. As Stat Counter notes, Windows 10 did not exceed Windows 7 by the same deadline depending on the geographic area. In North America and the United Kingdom, Windows 10 took the lead in January 2017 and June 2016, respectively. In France, the switchover took place in July 2016.
Companies still attached to Windows 7
Across Europe, the transition occurred in March 2107, while Windows 7 still has a 15 and 30 point lead on Windows 10 in Asia and India, for example. Another number that Microsoft is concerned about is the number of Windows 10 users running the latest version of the OS, which is Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. According to Ad Duplex, in January 2018, 74% of Windows 10 users use the latest version, followed by 17% for the Creators Update. A key customer remains attached to Windows 7: the company. Microsoft hopes to encourage this population to migrate to Windows 10, especially by touting its strengths in terms of security. The publisher regularly makes use of this argument, as it did last year by assuring companies that they would have been protected from Wanna Cry and Not Petya cyber attacks on Windows 10. In its latest security report, Microsoft said that for the period from June to November 2017, Windows 7 devices were 3.4 times more likely to be affected by ransom ware than Windows 10 devices. Or more recently, announcing that Office 2019 in client version will only run on Windows 10. An argument of weight to migrate. Anyway, Stat Counter CEO, Aodhan Cullen, describes the move from Windows 10 to Windows 7 as a “breakthrough for Microsoft. “Windows 10 was launched at the end of July 2015 and Microsoft will be delighted to have left behind the Windows 8 experience,” he writes.
“However, Windows 7 retains followers, especially among business users, and Microsoft hopes to replace it much faster than XP, launched in August 2001, which fell to less than 5 percent worldwide in June 2017.”