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Windows 10 edges out Windows 7 in global marketshare according to StatCounter

Windows 10 adoption is on the rise. (Source: StatCounter)
Windows 10 adoption is on the rise. (Source: StatCounter)
StatCounter's new analytics show Windows 10 overtaking Windows 7 as the Windows OS with the highest desktop market share up till January 2018. Although other analytics firms paint the opposite picture, the numbers are still strong nevertheless.

Windows 10 seems to have finally edged out Windows 7 as the dominant desktop Windows platform as of January 2018. According to StatCounter, Windows 10 had a market share of 42.78% last month against Windows 7's 41.86%. It is not a huge difference but considering the large install base of Windows, every percent counts. 

Microsoft's free upgrade offer and a somewhat coerced upgrade process helped propel Windows 10's adoption but it still has some way to go before hitting the 1 billion devices mark that Microsoft anticipated. Part of the reason for the low numbers is Microsoft orphaning Windows 10 Mobile and to a lesser extent, some of the privacy concerns that plagued the OS during its initial days. Microsoft is, therefore, betting on the enterprise to drive further growth and has recently made its servicing timelines more enterprise-friendly.

Other Windows versions barely crossed the 10% mark, with the highest among them being Windows 8.1 at 8.72%. Windows 10, being the last version of the operating system, will eventually dominate the desktop OS market. The OS is all set to get modular to adapt much more effectively to various device sizes and usage scenarios.

While StatCounter's figures are valid references, there will always be differences in the data between analyst firms based on the metrics they use. NetMarketShare's numbers, for example, tell a different story. According to NMS, Windows 7's market share is at 42.39% while Windows 10 stands at 34.29% in the month of January 2018. It all depends on how these firm aggregate the numbers and the parameters they factor in for analysis.

For Microsoft and the end-user, all that matters is that Windows 10 has been accepted by the majority and should continue to focus on delivering a feature-rich, stable OS that can adapt according to the user and not the other way around. 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-02- 3 (Update: 2018-02- 3)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.