OS stats hint at positive start for Windows 10

StatCounter estimates show healthy growth in opening weeks

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OS stats hint at positive start for Windows 10 Microsoft’s strategy of offering free upgrades to existing Windows 7 and 8.x users may be paying dividends.
By  Stephen McBride Published  August 24, 2015

Windows 10 has managed to grab almost 6% of the global desktop operating system market in its first few weeks of availability, the Register reported, citing figures from StatCounter.

Microsoft released Windows 10 on 29 July and claimed it had been activated on 14m machines within 24 hours. In the early days of August, fan forum WindowsCentral claimed it had been in touch with a Microsoft insider who said that the install base had hit 67m by 31 July.

StatCounter figures are notoriously inaccurate as they are garnered by monitoring samples of Web traffic, although the sample does come from around 3m websites. Following a day-one estimate of 0.357% market share for Windows 10 (an average of appraisals from StatCounter and NetMonitor), StatCounter now offers the assessment of 5.95%.

What may prove more significant is the growth in the market-share figures. The data suggests a slowing-down of growth for the new OS, but Microsoft's strategy of offering free upgrades to existing Windows 7 and 8.x users may be paying dividends. While Windows7's market share has grown slightly, Windows 8.1 has dropped from 14.39% to 13.84%, suggesting that upgrades might be occurring as migrations from Windows 8.1.

Windows 10's real test will come when the mobile version of the OS becomes available. Only then will it be apparent if Microsoft can climb back to the pinnacle of the overall OS market. To achieve this, Redmond will need to deliver on its pledge of making more Android apps compatible with Windows.

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