Windows 7 market share may have peaked: report

Nebulous Web traffic stats may indicate enterprise confidence in Win 10

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By  Stephen McBride Published  February 2, 2015

The market share for Windows 7 may have reached a peak, according to a report from UK tech site The Register, which cited two online monitoring sources that watch Web server traffic.

Based on the assumption that share of Web traffic equates to desktop OS market share, the site looked at Internet activity from October 2013 to January 2015, as recorded by Netmarketshare and Statcounter.

Both monitoring orgs show an all-time peak traffic share for Windows 7 in November, 55.75 % for Statcounter and 56.41% for Netmarketshare. This was followed by a modest fall-off, although Statcounter did see a slight recovery for the OS in January.

While the methodology of determining OS market share through Web traffic is less than optimal, it is an indication that Microsoft's enterprise customers view Windows 10 as a viable upgrade. When Redmond discontinued XP it hoped that users would upgrade to Windows 8, but instead most opted for Windows 7 to avoid hardware replacement. Windows 7 upgrades placed users outside Microsoft's treasured app ecosystem, which includes the cloud-based Office 365. But an upgrade to Windows 10 will bring users into that ecosystem, where Microsoft can start to monetise them.

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