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Windows 7 Market Share Sure Has Skyrocketed

Microsoft may be trying level best to move users to its modern operating platform, but despite these efforts, Windows 7 market share has increased by leaps and bounds in the past few months.

The popular OS now easily powers one in two PCs worldwide.

And this remains a fact that will not change anytime soon — at least this is not something Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 can do something about. Statistics provided by Net Applications show that the market share of the fan favorite Windows 7 skyrocketed in the past year.

This, despite the launch of Windows 8.1 and the release of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

There were some that were hoping for a change in charts when Microsoft pulled the plug off of Windows XP back in April 2014.

At the time of the retirement of this vintage operating system, Windows 7 was found to be powering no less than 49.27% of the PCs the world over. This figure crossed the mark of 50.06% the very next month, and has not looked back since.

It peaked at 56.26% in December 2014.

Windows 8.1 right now is installed on 10.49% of computers worldwide, and as most users are moving to that version of the OS, Windows 8 share of the pie has dipped to only 3.55% right now.

Long story short, this much seems certain that Windows 8 and 8.1 combined will not catch up to the worldwide market share Windows 7 now enjoys.

Windows 10 remains the only hope for this, and seeing how the platform is shaping up, Windows 7 might finally have a real competitor for the top spot later this year.

Written by Fahad Ali

Fahad Ali is a professional freelancer, specializing in technology, web design and development and enterprise applications. He is the primary contributor to this website. When he is not typing away on his keyboard, he is relaxing to some soft jazz.

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