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Windows 7 users growing ahead of Windows 10 release

There's something weird going on with the number of Windows users out there.

The Channel (opens in new tab) looked up desktop operating system market share, as it was recorded by StatCounter and Netmarketshare.

Both StatCounter (opens in new tab)and Netmarketshare (opens in new tab)are web traffic analysis tools, and they are showing that the number of Windows XP users is dropping steadily.

The strange part about it is that other Windows systems have recorded very little increase in their user base. Are people switching to Mac? Linux? Probably.

When it comes to Windows XP, Netmarketshare has it down from 16.94 per cent to 15.93 per cent. StatCounter has a dip to 10.91 per cent, down from March's 11.21 per cent.

Windows 7 has recorded growth. StatCounter says it now has 53.81 per cent share, up from 53.66 per cent. Netmarketshare records a similar jump, from 58.04 per cent to 58.39 per cent. Windows 8.1 is also growing, to 15.76 per cent market share according to StatCounter and 11.16 from Netmarketshare, up .61 and .25 of a point respectively.

With such a high market share percentage, users of the Windows 7 OS will be Microsoft’s primary target when it comes to migrating to Windows 10. But as we see with Windows XP, people are reluctant to switch their operating systems, especially if the one they already have gets the job done properly.

It will also be interesting to see who the early adopters will be, Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8 users. Windows 10, the latest OS from Microsoft is set to be released in a few months.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.