The latest batch of market share statistics provided by Net Applications for desktop operating systems puts Windows 10 on the second position in the rankings, but it also reveals something totally unexpected that happened last month.
Windows 10 has actually lost market share last month despite the fact that everyone expected the operating system to continue its growth, which could be a sign that Microsoft’s 1 billion devices running Windows 10 goal might take a bit longer to become reality.
While it’s a bit too early to tell whether Windows 10’s market share could stagnate for a longer period or not, the September 2016 performance was clearly below expectations, especially because this happens only one month after Microsoft ended its free upgrade campaign.
As part of this promo, Microsoft often became rather aggressive and sometimes users accused the company of forcing the upgrade on them, with many complaining that Windows 10 was installed on their PCs even if they didn’t ask for it.
В сентябре 2016 года доля Windows 10 уменьшилась с 22,99% до 22,53%. Уменьшение незначительное, однако оно явно демонстрирует, что пользователи совсем не спешат переходить на новую ОС за деньги.
But now that Windows 10 is no longer available for free, the operating system’s growth not only that slowed down but it also stopped completely, and this can only be bad news for Microsoft.
Windows 10 dropped last month from 22.99 percent to 22.53 percent, and while the decline isn’t substantial, it’s a sign that the new OS might really struggle to get closer to Windows 7.
And speaking of Windows 7, it continues to be number one, and not only that it survived the Windows 10 upgrade period but it’s back to growth as well. Windows 7 improved last month from 47.25 percent to 48.27 percent, and it’s undoubtedly one of the main reasons for Windows 10’s decline.
It remains to be seen if Windows 10 can return to growth next month, but this is clearly unexpected performance from an operating system that Microsoft praised with pretty much every occasion. In the meantime, however, Windows 7 seems to be doing just fine no matter what Microsoft’s plans are.