Microsoft breakthrough as Windows 10 overtakes 7 globally for first time

San Francisco, CA and Dublin, Ireland; Thursday, 1st February, 2018: Windows 10, Microsoft’s operating system, overtook Windows 7 for the first time globally in January according to independent web analytics company, Statcounter.

Its research arm Statcounter Global Stats finds that Windows 10 reached 42.78% in terms of worldwide internet usage compared to 41.86% for Windows 7.

“Windows 10 was launched at the end of July 2015 and Microsoft will be pleased to have put its Windows 8 experience behind it. However, Windows 7 retains loyalty especially amongst business users. Microsoft will be hoping that it can replace it a lot quicker than XP, launched back in August 2001, which only fell below 5% usage worldwide in June of 2017.”

Worldwide chart: http://gs.statcounter.com/windows-version-market-share/desktop/worldwide/#monthly-201701-201801

Windows 10 overtook 7 in North America in January 2017.

In the UK Windows 10 passed 7 in June 2016.

To analyse other individual countries/regions see: http://gs.statcounter.com/windows-version-market-share/desktop/worldwide/#monthly-201701-201801

The data is based on Statcounter Global Stats. This provides media, researchers, analysts and interested consumers with a free service to help analyse internet wars as the major vendors battle for dominance across operating systems, search, browsers, desktop and mobile.

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