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Windows 10 now running on 20.8 percent of all PCs according to StatCounter

Nearly 50 percent of all PCs are still running Windows 7 according to a new study
Nearly 50 percent of all PCs are still running Windows 7 according to a new study
The new data conflicts with Netmarketshare, which claims that only 14 percent of PCs are running Windows 10 with Windows 7 still clearly in the lead.

According to Netmarketshare, half of all PCs are running Windows 7 while Windows 10 is at a healthy second with 14.35 percent of the market despite being less than a year old. Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade for existing Vista and 7 users is still in effect and clearly having a hand in its quick growth rate. The older and less secure Windows XP has finally fallen to 9.66 percent, but is still the third most popular OS.

The remaining systems are running Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows NR, Mac OS X, and Linux. Less than 4 percent of all desktops are running the Apple OS according to Netmarketshare.

The data shouldn't be taken as final, however, due to the huge sample sizes and massive scale involved. For example, statistics from Statcounter show that 20.8 percent of PCs are running Windows 10 while 40.2 percent are running Windows 7. In particular, Windows 7 saw its sharpest decline this past month with an almost equal gain from Windows 10.

The free Windows 10 upgrade program has been partly blamed for slowing notebook sales that has continued into 2016. Consumers are more likely to hold off on purchasing new hardware if existing devices can be refreshed at no cost.

Other statistics paint a more favorable picture for Windows 10
Other statistics paint a more favorable picture for Windows 10

Source(s)

http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10&qpcustomd=0&qpct=3

gs.statcounter.com

Via: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Windows-10-verbreitet-sich-nur-langsam-3195407.html

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Alexander Fagot/ Allen Ngo, 2016-05- 6 (Update: 2016-05- 6)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.