Microsoft Windows 10 is now more popular than Windows 7, globally. As per latest estimates, for the first time, the newer version of the popular OS overtook the eight-year-old version. According to independent web analytics company, Statcounter, Windows 10 reached 42.78 percent in terms of worldwide desktop version compared to 41.86 percent for Windows 7. Also Read - Microsoft's new budget console to be called Xbox Series S, said to launch this monthAlso Read - Microsoft Surface Duo battery could last through the day
“This is a breakthrough for Microsoft,” said Aodhan Cullen, CEO, Statcounter. “Windows 10 was launched at the end of July 2015 and Microsoft will be pleased to have put its Windows 8 experience behind it. However, Windows 7 retains loyalty, especially amongst business users. Microsoft will be hoping that it can replace it a lot quicker than XP, launched back in August 2001, which only fell below 5 percent usage worldwide in June of 2017,” Cullen added. Also Read - Microsoft Edge web browser gets new PDF features
As for the older versions, Windows 8.1 stands at 8.72 percent, followed by Windows XP at 3.36 percent, Windows 8 at 2.44 percent, and Windows Vista at a meager 0.74 percent. As newer abilities are added to the operating systems, older version evidently takes a backseat.
However, in India, the preference continues to be for the older Windows 7 version. With a 59.38 percent market share, Windows 7 succeeds in India while Windows 10 stands at a mere 17.19 percent share. The desktop Windows version market share in India as of January 2018 for Windows 7 is 54.46 percent, followed by Windows 10 at 28.22 percent, Windows 8.1 at 10.54 percent, Windows XP at 3.6 percent, Windows 8 at 2.95 percent, and lastly Windows Vista at 0.18 percent.
As TechRadar reports, it is worth noting that this analysis is from just one analytics firm. Rival Netmarketshare still puts Windows 7 in the lead with 42.39 percent share as compared to Windows 10’s 34.29 percent. This is due to the difference in methodologies for gauging the share. Statcounter focuses purely on Windows versions while others take into account all desktop operating systems including macOS and Linux.
Nonetheless, the latest figure is a milestone for Windows 10 which is said to be the last version of Windows even as the company will continue to upgrade it with new features. It is expected that the gap between Windows 10 and Windows 7 will grow as Microsoft has pulled mainstream for the OS, Gadgets360 reports. The company will continue delivery security updates to Windows 7 users till 2020.
Meanwhile, the Windows 10 Creators Update is touted as the best version of Windows 10 ever by Microsoft itself. The version brings improvements in terms of performance, battery life, faster web browsing, streaming videos longer and brings device stability.