DESPITE A RELATIVELY STAGNANT month for desktop market share between the evergreen Windows 7 and the upstart Windows 10, both have seen a (very) slight rise this month with Windows 7 at 48.38 (+0.11) and Windows 10 at 22.59 (0.06).
Redmond continues to drool over the 400 million users of Windows 10 accrued so far, but the fact is that growth in Windows 10 has almost completely stalled since it stopped being free in late July. In fact, the proportion of users is still lower than it was in August.
Yes, that’s right. Windows 10 is, in the grand scheme of things, becoming less popular, suggesting that people are looking elsewhere rather than buying Windows 10 or choosing it for new machines.
Here’s a fact, then: 400 million machines using Windows 10 means that 1,770,694,997.79 machines aren’t. (Thanks Alexa, I love our little talks).
As we said at the time, our figures estimate that, even when it was free, only about 15 per cent of machines eligible for a free Windows 10 upgrade took it.
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. µ
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