It’s Windows 11’s second birthday, and it’s still far behind Windows 10 in terms of popularity
October 5, 2023

It’s Windows 11’s second birthday, and it’s still far behind Windows 10 in terms of popularity

Windows 10 completely dominates the desktop operating system market, despite its successor having been around for two years. Today is exactly the second Windows 11 birthday, but even this period of time was not enough for this OS to stand up to its predecessor, at least if we ask statistics.

Not only is Windows 11 behind Microsoft's previous version, but there aren't many signs that will change anytime soon. New StatCounter statistics show that the use of the latest Windows operating system stagnated from April to September of this year.

In addition, people, both individuals with personal accounts and those with business accounts in enterprises, do not seem to like Windows 11 at all.

This can be seen from the market share which paints a bleak picture, but in the case of the latest Windows system. Namely, 71 percent of the Microsoft market uses Windows 10, and only 24 percent of Windows 11, while three percent still use Windows 7, and the rest are occupied by Windows XP, 8.1 and others.

The figures for Windows 10 have barely changed in twelve months, with only a drop in Windows 7 usage contributing to the latest version.

Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 in January 2020, but it still looks like it will take several years for businesses around the world to switch to the latest OS. The distribution of the market share, however, clearly shows that those who did say goodbye to Windows 7, instead of the latest version, moved to the Windows 10 version, which the 22H2 update is the last one they will ever get. However, security support for it will continue until October 2025.

With such a small percentage of people using the latest operating system, it is unlikely that there will be any significant change in the market in the next two years. By then, the next version of the Microsoft operating system should already be out and as long as it is not another Windows 8, it is likely that many users of the “ten” will switch to Windows 12.

Still, on the one hand it's a shame for the eleven, even though it has a fair amount of flaws, it's actually quite a decent OS: it's fast, offers tons of features and most importantly, it's stable. While there are reported issues on the data sharing and privacy side, as well as bugs brought by updates, it's far from deserving of the title of one of the worst OSes Microsoft has released.