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.

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  • Bruce Regael

    What’s really sad and telling is how slow people are moving from Windows 8 to 8.1. It’s really nothing more than a expansion pack, a good one at that, to Windows 8 and Microsoft has all but stopped support for it except what they are mandated to do because the way they sold it.

    I mean its been a year now lol.

    • Fahad Ali

      Couldn’t agree more, man! The last thing the Windows platform needs now is fragmentation, with Windows 10 coming and all that.

      • Ray C

        I agree

    • Ray C

      Microsoft is doing it to themselves

  • Ray C

    This is the same thing that’s happening in phone. Of course we expected some growth in 7. Too many clients are still in the process of their Windows 7 transitions, but this is mostly the fault of Microsoft. It’s the same reason Windows Phone’s share is not where it should be. It should be at at least 6 or 7% by now. The problem is ever since Microsoft realized a new product was coming out at the end of this year and they were going to be saving features for Windows 9/10, they basically abandon their current products. They could have released a Windows Phone that outdid everyone as far as specs and looks. Whether it was a big seller really would not have been the point. Then they basically haven’t pushed or market Windows or Phone 8.1 in over a year. This strategy of distancing yourself from an old product because they want the buzz to be about the new one is stupid. Get out there and make 1 or 2 big pushes of your OS and your partners’ devices.