Stats show Windows 10 increased its market share last month

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Whenever Windows 10 is about to get a feature update, more
people will move to Windows 10. This is exactly what happened
last month. Knowledge of the new feature update may or may not
be a reason for the increased market share. But it is always
good to see more people adopting a newer version of Windows.
Data from Statcounter shows that Windows 10 has increased its
market share in the last month.

Windows 10 has a market share of 46.03% as of April 2018. This
is higher than Windows 7 which has a market share of 40.1%.
Windows 8.1 comes in the third place with a market share of
7.93% and Windows XP is at the fourth position with a market
share of 3.19%. Windows 8 still has a share of 2.06% and
Windows Vista has a meager 0.61% market share.

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The good thing to note here is that, of all the different
versions of Windows, Windows 10 is the only version which is
seeing an increase in market share. All the other versions,
including Windows 7, is seeing a decrease in market share. This
is the way it should be as Windows 10 is the newer and most
secure version of Windows but for many reasons, people are not
leaving older versions, especially Windows 7.

Interestingly, NetMarketShare data shows that Windows 7 was the
version of Windows that showed an increase in market share
while Windows 10 saw a minor decrease in market share.

Gamers still prefer Windows 7 over Windows 10. Some older games
run better on Windows 7. But the interesting thing is that
Windows 10 actually has a Game Bar with a dedicated Game Mode
and other cool stuff like the ability to record and broadcast
gameplay without even having to use a third-party app. Even
though some gamers prefer Windows 7, game developers make games
with newer operating systems in their mind. So should stop
using Windows 7 and switch to Windows 10. Of course, they have
the freedom to use whichever operating system they want but it
is always wise to choose the best.

On a worldwide scale, Windows 10 might have more market share
but when it comes to developing countries like India, this is
not the case. In India Windows 7 has a market share of 52.49%
and Windows 10 has only 31.82%. This is a huge difference and
is really unfortunate since India is a country with a huge
population.

There are two main reasons for this. The most significant of
them being upgrading to Windows 10 is expensive. People in
developing countries are simply not willing to pay a premium
for something they can’t physically touch. At Rs 14,499 for
Windows 10 Pro and Rs 8,499 for the Home variant, Windows 10 is
really expensive. There are a lot of people who prefer to buy a
genuine copy of Windows 10 but they simply can’t afford it. So
they stick with the older Windows 7 which is still capable of
running all the legacy apps they need.

This is also the issue with companies, offices, and schools.
These institutions and organizations need the most secure
version of Windows but it is not possible for them to invest a
lot of money into upgrading to Windows 10. There are
institutions which still use Windows XP. Microsoft has to do
something about the price of Windows 10 if they wanna see more
Windows 10 installs.

The second reason is the ignorance of older people. Older
people do not care about what version of Windows they are
using. They just want to do their work in a familiar
operating system. Some even feel that Windows 10 is difficult
to use. So they stick with older and familiar version such as
Windows 7.

Of all the operating systems available, Windows in general
stands at the second position. Android is the market leader
with a 40.15% market share. Windows has a market share of
36.68%. iOS stands third with a market share of 12.59%. Mac OS
X has a market share of about 5.86%.

Smartphone operating systems combined have a market share of
52.74%. With Windows 10 Mobile on the verge of extinction,
Microsoft seriously has to bring something into the mobile
world to get more market share. We can hope to see a
Surface-branded mobile device launching this year which can
give some share to Microsoft in the mobile space.



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