WINDOWS 10 HAS made a smaller than expected gain in market share this month, despite being installed on an estimated 100 million devices.
The latest Netmarketshare figures show a rise of less than 1.5 percent month on month to 6.63 (+1.42). The majority of migrators came from Windows 7, which remains the choice of enterprises as Microsoft continues to fight a PR war over privacy settings in the fledgling OS.
Windows 7 now stands at 56.53 percent (-1.13) still giving it a commanding lead over other versions and a tiny drop from its pre-10 peak of 60 percent. Windows 8 has taken a tiny hit, down to 13.32 percent (-0.62), which is surprising as Microsoft is making it ridiculously easy to upgrade.
Broken down, Windows 8.1 has dropped to 10.72 percent (-0.62) while Windows 8 has actually gained fractionally at 2.6 (+0.04). The moral of the story is that some people, if they don't want to, simply won't upgrade no matter what you do.
Windows XP has made a tiny comeback to 12.21 (-0.07) but it's margin-of-error stuff and not to be read into too much. Windows Vista is down to 1.73 percent (-0.09).
Meanwhile, Linux use has risen to 1.74 percent (+0.11) and as Mac OS X 10.11 is released officially, its beta use has continued to climb during September to 0.21 (+0.07). Watch that figure spike now the official version is available. Mac users like a free update. This means that this month's OS X 10.10 figure of 6.63 (+1.42) is probably its peak. Other versions of Mac OS X total 2.59 percent (-0.02).
All of this is a little strange. From the success of the launch of Windows 10, we would expect it to be dominating the world by now. Of course, it is yet to show its business chops and that will actually be more of a D-Day for the success or failure of the OS than launch day.
Additionally, different markets will be adopting at different speeds. Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that it will partner with Baidu to bring a localised Windows 10 to the huge Chinese market. µ
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