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Microsoft Says Windows 10 Is Already the Number 1 Desktop Operating System

Microsoft has pushed really hard for Windows 10 to become a more widely-adopted operating system, and while third-party market share data shows that it lags behind Windows 7, the company itself claims things are exactly the opposite.

In statistics posted on its Windows and Store trends website, the software giant says Windows 10 is currently the number one operating system on the desktop with a share of 46 percent. Windows 7 is the runner-up with 39 percent and declining, while Windows 8.1 is third with 13 percent.

Microsoft says these stats were collected in November 2016 at a time when the Windows 10 Anniversary Update rollout was already finalized. The Anniversary Update first launched in August 2016, but was released to users in stages.
As you can see in the graph provided by the software giant, Windows 10 improved at a really fast pace since its debut in July 2015, but the growth slowed down a little in the last few months, especially because the free upgrade offer is no longer available.

Third-party data
While Microsoft clearly shows that Windows 10 is quite a successful operating system, third-party market research firms claim otherwise, putting Windows 7 at the top of the chart ever since its successor launched.

Specifically, NetMarketShare, which is one of the data providers that Microsoft itself cited several times in the past, claims Windows 7 is running on 48.34 percent of the world’s computers, while Windows 10 is the runner-up with half of that - 24.36 percent. Windows 8.1 is even lower with a market share below Windows XP’s (6.90 percent vs. 9.07 percent).

Windows 10 is projected to receive another major update in just a few months. The so-called Windows 10 Creators Update is due in April, bringing quite a long list of improvements for all supported devices, including here PCs and smartphones.

Microsoft obviously expects the Creators Update to continue improving adoption of Windows 10, but with Windows 7 staying strong these days, it’ll be quite a big challenge to convince users to upgrade before end of support arrives in January 2020.
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I've kept the thread title matching the article title, but it should actually read "Who is telling the truth?".

Microsoft clearly shows in their data that Windows 10 has edged over Windows 7. A trusted data source that Microsoft has cited in the past claims that Windows 7 is twice as used as Windows 10 (48% vs. 24%). That's a big discrepancy.
 
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Microsoft has pushed really hard for Windows 10 to become a more widely-adopted operating system, and while third-party market share data shows that it lags behind Windows 7, the company itself claims things are exactly the opposite.

In statistics posted on its Windows and Store trends website, the software giant says Windows 10 is currently the number one operating system on the desktop with a share of 46 percent. Windows 7 is the runner-up with 39 percent and declining, while Windows 8.1 is third with 13 percent.

Microsoft says these stats were collected in November 2016 at a time when the Windows 10 Anniversary Update rollout was already finalized. The Anniversary Update first launched in August 2016, but was released to users in stages.

As you can see in the graph provided by the software giant, Windows 10 improved at a really fast pace since its debut in July 2015, but the growth slowed down a little in the last few months, especially because the free upgrade offer is no longer available.

Third-party data
While Microsoft clearly shows that Windows 10 is quite a successful operating system, third-party market research firms claim otherwise, putting Windows 7 at the top of the chart ever since its successor launched.

Specifically, NetMarketShare, which is one of the data providers that Microsoft itself cited several times in the past, claims Windows 7 is running on 48.34 percent of the world’s computers, while Windows 10 is the runner-up with half of that - 24.36 percent. Windows 8.1 is even lower with a market share below Windows XP’s (6.90 percent vs. 9.07 percent).

Windows 10 is projected to receive another major update in just a few months. The so-called Windows 10 Creators Update is due in April, bringing quite a long list of improvements for all supported devices, including here PCs and smartphones.

Microsoft obviously expects the Creators Update to continue improving adoption of Windows 10, but with Windows 7 staying strong these days, it’ll be quite a big challenge to convince users to upgrade before end of support arrives in January 2020.

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Once again, manipulation of numbers for their own selfish purposes.

The above stats include new PC sales with W10 pre-installed. A user phase-out of an old system - replacing it with a newly purchased PC with W10 pre-installed (and they might have no other choice but W10 as the OEM OS) - skews the results. Microsoft is clearly manipulating the stats to make it appear that W10 is now the largest user choice - and by extension and application of "You should follow the crowd" - then you should be using W10 too...

The statistics are dramatically different for existing systems (excluding all new PCs with W10 preinstalled) where the user has upgraded to W10 or chosen to stay with their existing installed Windows version. In that case its about 1 : 4. That is the more accurate number and it is confirmed by the 3rd-party marketing data referenced above.

3 out of 4 users have made the choice not to upgrade to Windows 10 or they just didn't upgrade without even thinking about it...
 
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