Worldwide Windows 10 usage surpasses Windows 8.1 for the first time

According to independent web analytics company, StatCounter, Microsoft’s newest PC operating system, Windows 10 has for the first time surpassed its predecessor, Windows 8.1 in terms of global usage, in the month of January 2016.

The firm’s analytics arm, StatCounter Global Stats finds that Windows 10 hit 13.7% in terms of desktop Internet usage compared to 11.7% for Windows 8.1, though it is still some way behind Windows 7, which represented 46.7% of Internet usage worldwide in January.

Worldwide usage of Windows 10 after six calendar months (since August) was 13.7% compared to 5.0% for Windows 8 and 13.5% for Windows 7 at their initial half year stage (Table A).


“Microsoft’s determined promotion of Windows 10 seems to be having an impact,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter.

He added, “However, there remains a lot of loyalty to Windows 7 and it will be interesting to see
if it becomes the equivalent of XP which, 14 years after launch, refuses to lie down and still has an 8% global share in terms of desktop internet use.”

StatCounter analysis of the first six months finds that Windows 10 usage is greater than Windows 8 and Windows 7 over the same time period globally, in the US and UK.

Windows 10 is now at 15.7% in the US and overtook 8.1 in December. Windows 7 still leads the US on 40.5%. In the UK, Windows 10 is powering ahead with 22.4% in January compared to 12.5% for 8.1. Windows 10 overtook 8.1 in October. Windows 7 represents 36.8% of internet usage in the UK.

For individual country statistics, check here.

StatCounter’s core business is to provide companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed and charities with the data to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. The StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to over three million websites.

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