Microsoft Windows 10 Market Share Dips by 1.5% as Windows 11 Rises

Windows 11 was a long time coming, and the initial reception seemed lukewarm at best. Microsoft had a reputation for making a great OS followed by a terrible one, as can be seen in XP being succeeded by Vista, and then Windows 7 being followed up by Windows 8. In spite of the fact that this is the case, it seems like Microsoft has finally broken the curse with Windows 11, and the data from StatCounter shows that its adoption rate is creeping up albeit at a molasses slow rate.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Windows 10 has seen its market share dip below 70% to reach 69.77%. Meanwhile, Windows 11 has reached a 16.12% market share, which suggests that users are updating to the latest iteration of the operating system. However, Windows 11’s market share only increased by 0.67%. That indicates that some users are migrating to other operating systems, with Mac OS in particular being a popular choice.

Interestingly, it appears that many Windows users may be returning to Windows 7 with all things having been considered and taken into account. This operating system is in third place with a 10.24% market share, and it has crossed the 10% mark after an increase of about 0.62 points. That’s despite Microsoft discontinuing support for Windows 7 which may make it less effective to use than might have been the case otherwise.

The title of most popular operating system actually belongs to Android if we widen the lens to include smartphones. It has a 43.37% share of the market, with Windows obtaining a 29.24% share. iOS comes in third with 17.25%. All of these operating systems have seen a marginal decline in their market share, and it is currently unknown why this is occurring.

User migration can be a mysterious phenomenon and it often takes months or sometimes even years to fully understand what happened and why. Regardless, Windows 11 and 7 are two of the only operating systems that saw their market shares increase in 2022.

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