Usage Stats Indicate Windows 10’s growth is Slowing Down (Still Good Though)

In never ceases to amaze me to see how many folks are still using Windows XP. Imagine how frustrating this must be for Microsoft; even though they’re essentially giving their new, 2015 operating system away for free, it still has a smaller market share than an operating system that they released in 2001.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system has been out for two full months and usage stats indicate that the operating system’s growth slowed down considerably in September 2015. It was not surprising that Windows 10 was off to a good start usage share wise in its first month thanks to it being offered for free to nearly all Microsoft customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 versions of Windows. According to NetMarketShare, Windows 10’s usage share jumped to 5.21% of the cross-platform operating system market in that first month surpassing Mac OS X, Linux and Windows Vista.

September’s stats are not nearly as impressive as they show a growth of 1.42 percentage points only. That’s still nearly all of Linux’s usage share of the operating system market but quite a decrement to last month’s performance.

The 6.63% Windows 10 is sitting at right now puts it in fourth place overall just in front of Mac OS X and behind Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows 8.1.

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Both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 lost a bit of usage share in September but not nearly as much as in August 2015.

Since there are not many devices out there that you buy that run Windows 10, it is likely that this can be largely attributed to PCs being upgraded for free.

While growth has slowed down, Windows 10 is still doing good compared to the performance of previous Windows launches.

I don’t consider percentages below the 0.50% points mark particularly revealing as there are certain source fluctuations that will impact the accuracy.

It will be interesting to see how Windows 10 will do this holiday season considering that the usage share boosts it got early on is likely to die off even more in coming months.

Microsoft is expected to reveal new Windows 10 devices this month including new Surface devices which could give Windows 10 another boost provided that they improve the Surface line of tablet/laptop hybrids further.

If you look at the bigger picture, it is likely that adoption will improve again once Microsoft releases the first major update for the operating system as this is usually the time when Enterprises first become interested in a new operating system.

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