Microsoft breakthrough as Windows 10 overtakes 7 globally for first time

Windows 10, Microsoft’s operating system, overtook Windows 7 for the first time globally in January according to independent web analytics company, Statcounter.

Its research arm Statcounter Global Stats finds that Windows 10 reached 42.78% in terms of worldwide internet usage compared to 41.86% for Windows 7.

“This is a breakthrough for Microsoft,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, Statcounter.

“Windows 10 was launched at the end of July 2015 and Microsoft will be pleased to have put its Windows 8 experience behind it. However, Windows 7 retains loyalty especially amongst business users. Microsoft will be hoping that it can replace it a lot quicker than XP, launched back in August 2001, which only fell below 5% usage worldwide in June of 2017.”

Worldwide chart: http://gs.statcounter.com/windows-version-market-share/desktop/worldwide/#monthly-201701-201801

Windows 10 overtook 7 in North America in January 2017.

In the UK Windows 10 passed 7 in June 2016.

To analyse other individual countries/regions see: http://gs.statcounter.com/windows-version-market-share/desktop/worldwide/#monthly-201701-201801

The data is based on Statcounter Global Stats. This provides media, researchers, analysts and interested consumers with a free service to help analyse internet wars as the major vendors battle for dominance across operating systems, search, browsers, desktop and mobile.

Statcounter (www.statcounter.com) last year launched an upgrade of its core website which provides web analytics, including a free option, to help companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed and charities measure, analyse and understand visitors to their own sites.

Statcounter Global Stats data is based on over 10 billion page views per month to over 2 million websites. Further information: http://gs.statcounter.com/faq

Windows 10 overtakes 8.1 for first time globally

Worldwide internet usage after first six months more than Windows 7 at same stage

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system overtook 8.1 for the first time globally in January, according to independent web analytics company StatCounter. Its 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. Microsoft’s latest operating system is still some way behind Windows 7 which represented 46.7% of internet usage worldwide in January.

Graph: http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-os-ww-monthly-201506-201601

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. Win 10 overtook 8.1 in October. Windows 7 represents 36.8% of internet usage in the UK.

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

Source: StatCounter – Other individual countries available at: http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-os-ww-monthly-201601-201601-bar

Twitter announces their native app for Windows 10

Microsoft has released Windows 10 as a free upgrade in more than hundred countries today. While folks around the world are still getting the update in a phased manner, Twitter has announced the release of their official app optimized for Windows 10 machines.

The company said:

The new Twitter for Windows 10 is a Universal Windows Application that gives you instant access to top Tweets, photos and videos without requiring a login. You’ll also see Tweets right out of the box in live tiles from the Start menu.

Features:

Twitter Live Tiles
Multiple photo Tweets — upload up to four photos per Tweet
Animated GIFs
Vine playback
Tweets with photos, Vine videos and other select content now show a preview in your home timeline
Share photos privately in Direct Messages

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