Given Microsoft’s aggressive push for Windows 10, you’d expect the operating system to grow at a pretty fast pace, but it turns out that it’s another Windows version that’s dominating the desktop.
Windows 7, whose support is coming to an end in January 2020, is increasing its market share much faster than Windows 10, even though Microsoft is clearly pushing people towards the latter.
Data provided by NetMarketShare for the month of May indicates that Windows 7 is getting very close to powering 50 percent of the world’s PCs, growing from 48.50 percent in April to 49.46 percent last month.
This is an increase of 0.96 percent at a time when the full focus is on Windows 10, and it comes during a month when Windows 7 was said to be the number one victim of the WannaCry ransomware, whereas Windows 10 was fully protected.
On the other hand, Windows 10 also increased its market share, but this time, the growth is substantially smaller. The most recent Windows version improved from 26.28 percent in April to 26.78 percent last month, so it posted a bump of just 0.5 percent in the last 30 days.
These statistics are a little surprising, especially after the WannaCry ransomware that hit Windows so hard. While many expected Apple’s macOS, Linux, and Windows 10 to be the platforms benefiting from WannaCry, it turns out that it’s actually Windows 7 the one that’s getting the biggest number of users, despite the fact that it was hit the hardest by the infection.
Windows 7 was one of the Windows versions that received the patch for WannaCry in March this year, so when the ransomware outburst started, users running fully up-to-date Windows were completely secure.
And yet, security experts showed that Windows 7, and not Windows XP, was the number one victim of WannaCry, mostly because of copies of the OS that weren’t running the latest patches due to various reasons, such as IT admins that delayed the update or because of pirated licenses.
Windows 10, on the other hand, was completely secure, yet it failed to benefit from the WannaCry frenzy that was said to push users to operating systems still getting updates from parent companies.