Windows 11 has been on the market for more than a year now, but adoption of Microsoft’s new operating system doesn’t seem to be as high as the company expected. Even though upgrading to the new software is free for those using Windows 10, many users are shying away from it, especially after all the problems those who have upgraded to Windows 11 have discovered in recent months. So Windows 10 remains the dominant operating system in the PC area.
Windows 11 grows slowly but surely, thanks to new PC sales
According to Statcounter, Windows 10 remains in first place with the most active systems today, but it’s also on a steady decline. Whereas a year ago, when Windows 11 was launched, this operating system accounted for 82.45% of all active PCs tracked by Statcounter, it has now dropped to 69.77%. So the shift to Windows 11 is evident, but not at a very fast rate.
Over the course of a year, Windows 11 gained 16.12% of the market, with a big increase in February when new generations of laptops were released, the first to offer Windows 11 pre-installed. Thus, the growth of this operating system will be certain, as all new computers sold by companies come with Windows 11 from the factory.
Still in third place is Windows 7, which was only overtaken by Windows 11 in August. At 10.24%, Windows 7 is even up slightly from October, when it accounted for less than 10% of the market.
Among the versions StatCounter tracks, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows XP still appear in the statistics at 2.53%, 0.79% and 0.4% respectively. These software versions, however, no longer have active software support, and any vulnerabilities discovered by hackers could be used to affect systems connected to the internet. Incidentally, Windows 7 is in a similar situation, but that version was so popular that users hardly dare to give it up.