It’s been a year since Microsoft started rolling out Windows 11, the first new version of Windows since the launch of Windows 10 in 2015. With Windows 11, Microsoft has addressed some of the shortcomings of Windows 10 and improved the interface. to make it more modern. However, it also removes some features that users have come to rely on. Although Windows 11 is a free upgrade for Windows 10 users, not everyone can install it. The latest report from Statcount says that only 15% of Windows installs are the latest version, which is far below the performance of Windows 10 at this time.
Statcount numbers are not official numbers, but Microsoft does not provide exact monthly numbers. And if Microsoft ever provides numbers, you can bet that will only happen when there is good news. With Windows 11, the news is not so good. Windows 10 is still leading among Microsoft’s operating systems with 71% market share. Windows 11 comes in second with 15.45%, and Windows 7 still has a dedicated user base at 9.62%.
Microsoft first released Windows 11 in very limited quantities, capturing a near-zero market share in early 2022. However, even when widely available, its average monthly growth rate is still less than one percent, based on Statcounter figures. To make matters worse for Microsoft, Windows 10 has proven to be very stable in the face of a new release. Its market share fluctuated between 70 and 73% for most of the year, losing market share even more slowly than Windows 11’s gain — presumably most Windows 11 upgrades have come from users. Windows 7 and 8 before.
At this rate, it would take years for Windows 11 to overtake Windows 10. That didn’t happen when Windows 10 came out. After a year on the market, Windows 10 has nearly twice as much Windows market share as Windows 11 at the same time. Microsoft requires features like newer CPUs and TPM 2.0 security modules to run Windows 11. So perhaps a much slower adoption rate won’t bother the company too much.
Those who want to continue using Windows 10 can safely do so for another three years. In October 2025, Microsoft will stop updating that operating system, forcing anyone concerned about security to get a newer version.
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