Windows market share has dropped below the 90% threshold for the first time in the decade. Despite the introduction of its latest Windows 10 operating system, there is a substantial drop noticed in Microsoft’s total market share. As per the report of Desktop Operating System Market Share revealed by Net Applications, Windows holds 89.23% of total market share.
It has been nine months since Windows 10 was first made available for public and the stats report a considerable drop in Windows XP market share which has fallen to 10.63% while Windows 7 has fallen below 50% market share and is at 47.82%. Windows 7, which has always been the first choice of Windows users worldwide is also facing a drop as per the report.
Windows 8 market share is reportedly 2.95% with a gain of 0.50% while Windows 8.1 is at 9.16% with a drop of 0.40%. By the end of April 2016, Windows 8/8.1 collectively owned a good 12.11% of market share.
Microsoft offered Windows 10 as a free upgrade which obviously resulted in good early adoption but it faced a considerable drop gradually, and the reason is still unclear.
Windows 10 market share in December 2015 was noted at 1.89%, which was dropped to 0.97% in January-February and then noted a slight increase of 1.33% in February-March. Due to Microsoft’s updated policies, Windows 10 market share dropped to just 0.21% in the month of March-April. If talked about Windows in general, the OS had a drop in market share since December 2015. Figures state that total market share of Windows dropped from 91.39% to 91.32% in December which continued to 90.61% then 90.45% in the months of February and March.
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