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Windows 10 Desktop Share November 2016

Around the start of each month, I like to look at the numbers for Windows 10’s share of the desktop. This month, I’ll turn to NetMarketShare and for my data. Their take on desktop share is depicted in the two following screen caps made December 2, 2016. Together, they help describe Windows 10 desktop share November 2016 end-of-month.

NetMarketShare shows Win7 finally starting to shrink, with Win10 at just under 50% of its portion of the pie. shows Windows at 61% of Win7, and far fewer XP PCs active.

What’s New About Windows 10 Desktop Share November 2016?

I always like comparing these two sources of data. That’s because NetMarketShare (NMS) takes a more global look. OTOH, reflects (a lot) of visitors to US Government websites — 2.15 billion of them — over the past 90 days, for a more forward-looking and domestic American reflection of the relatively advanced population of users who visit them.

What do these numbers tell us? Windows 10’s overall share continues to grow, albeit more slowly than during the free upgrade period. Either source of data (or their average) shows that Windows 10 is closing in on the halfway mark for matching Windows 7’s massive share of the market (or has already passed it, as the 61% ratio of Win10 to Win7 on shows). The combined share of Windows 8 version currently stands at about 10% of the desktop space (or 5% of the total visitor space for, which includes both mobile and desktop OSes in its reporting).

What at least I find interesting — and I hope you do, too — is the disparity in XP share between the two sources. Windows XP registers at 2.01% of the desktop space for, but at 8.63% for NetMarketShare. I believe this shows quite correctly that first world users (in the USA, in particular) have pretty much entirely moved on from Windows XP, with just a few remaining diehard users. For the rest of the world, though, a relatively strong segment (almost one in ten users) is still running XP. I expect this divergence to continue, and perhaps to grow, as we track desktop share into 2017. The truly interesting question here is: how long can these diehards hang in there? We’ll just have to wait and see!