Windows 10 is slowly but surely improving its market share, and fresh data provided by Net Applications indicates that the new operating system is still having a hard time overtaking its 14-year-old predecessor.
While StatCounter figures indicated that Windows 10 was the third most-used desktop operating system in November, Net Applications claims that Windows 10 is only the fourth, which puts it still behind Windows XP.
Obviously, both analyst firms claim Windows 7 is the leader, in this case having 56.11 percent, which means that more than 1 in 2 PCs are running this particular OS version. Windows 8.1 is second with 11.15 percent while Windows XP is third with 10.59 percent.
Windows 10 is fourth in the chart with 9 percent, a 1.06 percent increase as compared to the previous month.
Microsoft’s new operating system is indeed growing, but it does it at a rather slow pace, contrary to the company’s expectations, which predicted that Windows 10 adoption would rapidly take off after the July launch.
But since its public unveiling, Windows 10 has actually had constant market performance, debuting in July with 0.39 percent share, but skyrocketing the following month to 5.21 percent.
Since then, Windows 10 has been improving its share with 1 percent every single month, jumping to 6.63 percent in September, 7.94 percent in October, and to 9 percent in November.
Certainly, Microsoft expects this growth to continue in the coming months, especially because enterprises are now beginning the migration to Windows 10, but it’ll surely take more than 12 months to at least get close to Windows 7, if that’s even possible. Redmond has a goal of bringing Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by 2017, but time will tell if this can indeed be achieved or not, given the rather slow growth rate experienced these days.