It’s taken three and a half years, but Windows 10 has now officially passed Windows 7 in terms of usage share.

Windows 10 is now tracking at 39.22 percent of usage, versus 36.90 percent for Windows 7. The shift was reported by online stat-tracking service Net Market Share.

While there are many different web-based stats-tracking services, Net Market Share is notable for being the preferred site of Microsoft and Mozilla, who quote it regularly.

The Clock is Ticking For Windows 7

Considering Windows 7 is scheduled to be end-of-lifed in January 2020, that’s a remarkable number of people using an almost out-of-date OS.

What it also means is that there’s a large number of home users who only have a year left to migrate to a more modern OS, or be left with no support. Enterprise users are luckier – Microsoft is offering paid extended support for three additional years of security updates.

While Net Market Share is only now stating Windows 10 has surpassed its early predecessor, StatCounter – another widely used alternative – believes this actually happened a year ago. It puts Windows 10 at 52.42%, compared to Windows 7’s 36.65%.

Posted by Adam Ipsen

One Comment

  1. If Win10 was a viable alternative people would have upgraded, no problem. I don’t see why MS doesn’t have an option in Win10 to make it look/function like Win7. Can’t they see their mistake and learn from it?

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