Windows 7 saw a sharp rise in market share this month at the expense of Windows 8.x and, perhaps surprisingly, Windows 10, despite being seven years old.
The latest figures from Net Applications’ Netmarketshare service show that Windows 7 gained a full percentage point to bolster its position as the world’s most popular desktop operating system with 48.27 per cent (+1.02 on last month) of the market.
Full percentage point changes are increasingly rare, especially for an operating system which has declined from an all-time high of 52.34 per cent in March.
Meanwhile, Windows 10 use was down slightly at 22.53 per cent (-0.46), not a direction that Microsoft will want to see, although it’s more than likely just a blip.
Net Applications uses a very simple algorithm: the number of computers connecting to the internet on a given operating system. The long-term trend has a margin of error, although the extent of the Windows 7 upswing is still surprising.
Windows 8.1 is down slightly at 7.83 (-0.09), and combined versions of Windows 8.x are down to 9.61 (-0.13). In combination, therefore, customers who were eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10 during the first year (those on Window 7 and 8.x) have gone up by 0.89 per cent.
This goes to show that the appetite for Windows 10 now that the free offer is over and the nagging has (mostly) stopped, is tiny and the number of machines running Windows 10 is still not even one in four, making it increasingly unlikely that uptake will meet Microsoft’s target of two billion machines in two years.
Elsewhere, Windows Vista is fast approaching the threshold for us to stop mentioning it at, all but has actually increased slightly to 1.09 (+0.04). Windows XP, the operating system equivalent of Casper the Friendly Ghost, is still over the nine per cent mark, a year and a half after it was sent to the glue factory, at 9.11 (-0.25).
In fact, Windows XP use is likely to be far higher, with old computers not connected to the internet and therefore unmeasurable sitting in the corners of hospitals and police stations. Earlier this week, we reported that at least 42 NHS trusts in the UK are still running on XP.
All of which makes rather depressing reading for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, because although Windows market share is actually up this month at 90.61 (+0.22), the worst performer of the lot was Windows 10. Oops.
Over in Macland, use of the forthcoming Mac Beta 10.12 has jumped sharply to 0.21 (+0.17) with OS X 10.11 down to 4.07 (-0.31) and OS X 10.10 down to 1.53 (-0.20). Earlier versions have taken a collective knock of over half at 0.53 (-0.68) leaving overall Mac use down a full per cent at 6.13 (-1.23).
Linux, celebrating its quarter century, goes up slightly to 2.23 (+0.12).
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