Windows by the numbers: Finally, the 7-to-10 migration kicks into high gear

Now we’re talkin’.

A month after Windows users took a break from dumping Windows 7 for Windows 10, in July they put shoulders to various wheels and … shoved.

According to web metrics vendor Net Applications, Windows 7’s share of all personal computers plunged precipitously last month, falling 3.6 percentage points – the second-largest amount in a single month for the aged OS – to end July at 31.8%. Meanwhile, Windows 7’s portion of only those PCs running Windows also plummeted, falling to 36%, a number not seen since late 2011 when the operating system was barely two years old and busily nibbling away at Windows XP.

(The second number is larger than the first because Windows does not power every PC; in July, Windows ran 88.5% of the world’s machines. All but a tiny fraction of the rest ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS.)

At the same time, Windows 10’s share jumped by 3.1 percentage points to 48.9% of all personal computers and 55.2% of those running Windows. The monthly increase was the second-largest ever for Windows 10 (first place went to March 2019), while both percentages were records for the OS.

So, did millions suddenly drop Windows 7 and switch to Windows 10? (Net Applications’ data and Computerworld‘s calculations pegged the leaving-Windows-7 number at 61 million, the moving-to-Windows-10 number at 51 million.) Unclear. The change rate wasn’t implausible – other measurements have gone up, or down, just as dramatically and been proven to be accurate if not exact – and the time before Windows 7 falls off the support list is very short.


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