Windows 10 rediscovered its share of appetite last month as it grew to represent nearly 70% of all instances of Microsoft’s operating system.
According to US metric vendors Net Applications, Windows 10 increased by 1.2 percentage points, reaching 60.6% of the global operating system share in August, accounting for 69.6% of all Windows editions. As usual, the second number is the more important of the two; August was 1.4 points higher than July.
Windows 10s percentage of only Windows PCs (it is 69.6%) was greater than the percentage of all personal computers (the 60.6%) because Windows does not run all systems. In August, the Windows operating system accounted for slightly less than 87% of the world̵
When the Windows 10 share ticked up, Windows 7 fell.
The older operating system, which Microsoft dropped from the support list in January, lost a little more than one percentage point of the share of all PCs, and fell to 22.3%. That translated to just 25.7% of Windows PCs, down 1.1 points from July.
During the seven full months since Windows 7’s retirement from support, the operating system has lost 3.3 percentage points, corresponding to a decline of about 14%.
While it may seem like a remarkable decline, it was nowhere near the pace Computerworld estimated (at the end of January), the operating system will take the rest of 2020. Then the trend from the previous 12 months pointed to a decline of around one point per month, putting Windows 7 below 20% of all Windows PC bars by September, and then falls further – to around 17% – by the turn of the year.
As it turned out, this forecast was far too optimistic – even though it was in line with how Windows XP had behaved in 2014 – because it did not account for Windows 7-to-Windows 10 migrations after the former support deadline came and went. Microsoft’s Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 7, a post-retirement payment program, may have had an impact here.
Instead of slipping below 20% by September, Windows 7 now looks unlikely to hit it before April 2021. And 17%? Figure the second half of July or the first half of August for that. (Keep in mind that these numbers apply to the percentage of Windows, not all operating systems on computers.)
ComputerworldThe forecast for Windows 10 drops the same months, but corresponds with different numbers. In April, Windows 10 could be close to 75%. Coming July 2021, Windows 10 will make up an incredible 80% of Windows editions. (Ser en long far ahead, Windows 10 could hit 90% … in May 2023.)
Elsewhere in Net Applications’ figures, August saw the first significant shutdown of Linux since an uncharacteristic growth spurt began in April. The category, which lumps together all distributions, lost nine tenths of a percentage point, falling to 2.7%. macOS regained six tenths of a point last month, pushing for almost 9.6% and almost reaching the April mark.
Net Applications calculates operating system share by detecting the agent strings of the browsers used to reach the sites of Net Applications clients. The company gathers visitors to these browsers to measure global operating system activity.