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Windows 10 share continues to rise on the back of forced upgrades

Last month, NetMarketShare’s initial desktop operating system usage share figures made it look as if Windows 10’s growth was badly stalling (opens in new tab), gaining just 0.2 percentage points in April to put it on 14.35 per cent.

However, revised figures showed it had in fact gained 1.19 percentage points, and was sitting on 15.34 per cent. That’s very much in keeping with the new operating system’s growth in previous months.

For May, Windows 10 really packed on the users, thanks in no small part to Microsoft going all out on forcing the operating system on to users of Windows 7 and 8.1. Let's give Microsoft a nice big slow handclap for the achievement.

In that month, Windows 10 went from 15.34 per cent to 17.43 per cent, a gain of 2.09 percentage points. It would be interesting to know how many of those were willing upgraders, but there's no way of measuring that, sadly.

Windows 8.1 dropped from 9.85 per cent to 8.77 per cent, a decrease of 1.08 percentage points. Windows 8 went from 3.19 per cent to 2.62 per cent, dropping 0.57 percentage points. Combined, Windows 8.x sits on 11.39 per cent.

NetMarketShare (opens in new tab) actually has Windows 7 gaining share in May, going from 47.82 per cent to 48.57 per cent, up by 0.75 percentage points. That’s a little surprising given Windows 10's gains can’t all have come from Windows 8.x, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that figure gets adjusted a little, or the older OS loses more share next month.

Windows XP shed a little more share, dropping from 10.63 per cent to 10.09. Comparing its rate of decline with that of Windows 8.x, I’d expect it to soon be more popular than the tiled OS.

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