Windows 10 upgrades showed growth of just 0.06 per cent over the past month to give the OS a market share of 22.59 per cent, based on Netmarketshare data.
Microsoft has made much of the fact that it now has 400 million users of Windows 10, but the reality is that growth in Windows 10 has almost completely stalled since it stopped being free in late July.
The other big headline this month is that Windows XP has formally lost its place as the third most popular operating system in the world.
In a fairly stagnant month for Windows use, XP dropped to 8.27 per cent (-0.84 on last month) allowing Windows 8.1 to sneak ahead at 8.4 (+0.57).
Of course, this being statistics, you can look at it that the change occurred months ago, as the total market share of Windows 8.x is 10.57 (+0.96), making it a much more dominant OS.
For completeness, the cloister bell for Windows Vista is now five months away and it continues its slow decline, registering 1.1 (+0.01) in October. It’s a slight rise, but we would allow a 0.01 margin of error.
Linux has taken a slight tumble this month, down to 2.18 (-0.05), while use of the next version of Mac OS, the 10.12 beta, takes the biggest jump, now at 1.37 (+1.16) a whole percentage point higher.
It’s mostly come from Mac OS 10.11 users, who slip to 2.74 per cent (-1.33) while 10.10 is down slightly to 1.36 per cent (-0.17).
It all suggests that, as more people decide to switch to Mac, more are questioning whether they really need the latest and greatest operating system all the time.
Finally this month, we’re constantly reminded that Chrome OS and Android convertibles such as the Pixel C aren’t included in this list, while Windows 10 use covers everything from the IoT upwards.
We are aware of this. The market is changing and the strict definition of 'desktop share' is become more blurry. At present, we use the wonderful stats provided by Netmarketshare, a service from Net Application.
We are discussing with the firm what we can do to make these figures better reflect the new reality and we’ll let you know if anything changes, but for now it's business as usual.
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