How Popular Is Windows 10?

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May 12, 2016

Windows 10How Popular Is Windows 10?

Microsoft recently announced that Windows 10 is being used on 300 million devices. Those Windows XP users finally caught wind of what they were missing out on; the end-of-life cycle for Windows XP signaled critical security vulnerabilities.

Techrepublic.com states that the monthly adoption numbers of XP to 10 is drastic. These statistics include only the new users added each month:

  • Windows XP: 20 months – 130 million licenses
  • Windows Vista: 17 months – 180 million licenses
  • Windows 7: 18 months – 350 million licenses
  • Windows 8: 15 months – 200 million licenses
  • Windows 10: 9 months – 300 million devices

These numbers appear optimistic, because the chart misses the overall licenses on these operating systems. Currently, Windows 7 is still king; it’s disturbing that the market share of both Windows XP and Windows 10 is under that of Windows 7.

Windows 10 is no longer on a license model; instead, it is now accounted for by device, operating-system-as-service model. Microsoft’s “nagware” as a pop-up is expected to disappear on July 29, so those users who have refused to upgrade will finally see the message disappear. Windows 10 has been marketed and offered as a free upgrade to Win 7 – Win 8.1 for Home, Pro and Ultimate editions.

Before Windows 10, there was speculation that the rollout would see a decrease in PC sales. The community speculates this is due to poor performance of Windows Vista, since enthusiast users such as myself reverted back to Windows XP during the Vista days. The original Windows 8 was not friendly toward newcomers because of the removal of the classic Start Menu. Most users on Windows 8 were fed up with the OS even though the Start Menu came back on 8.1, but by then it was too late. And this leaves us with Windows 7, in between Vista and 8.1.

Windows 10 is catching up to its predecessors by the month in overall increasing PC sales. Even though there is a target PC goal by Microsoft, smartphones continue to dominate, which leaves the enterprise. Is your organization ready to migrate to Windows 10? If you require assistance, call us now.

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