Lately, Microsoft has been bombarding users with full-screen Windows 11 “free upgrade” notifications. Mostly, PCs running Windows 10 21H2 and 22H2 have been receiving these notifications if their PC hardware is compatible with Windows 11.
The pop-up notification somewhat resembles Windows 11’s first boot experience which means Microsoft is using XAML (a web component).
The notification clearly reminds users that they are eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 11. It seems these notifications are definitely helping grow the Windows 11 user base.
According to Statcounter, in January 2023, Windows 11 increased its market share by 1.16 points, effectively reaching 18.13%. This is a very slight increase but if the growth continues consistently Windows 11 will become a mainstream OS by the end of this year.
The almost eight-year-old OS Windows 10 is still on top of the table. Surprisingly, Windows 10 also had a market share increase from 67.95% in December 2022 to 68.75% in January 2023. Consequently, it’s clear to say that Windows 10 is here to stay.
Microsoft is trying everything it could to migrate users from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
For instance, Microsoft recently decided to end selling Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro licenses on its website. However, the market share states that users are still sticking with Windows 10.
Lastly, older operating systems like Windows 7 and 8.1 experienced a dip in their user base maybe because Windows 7 And Windows 8.1 Are No Longer Supported By Microsoft.
So here’s a comparison of market share by different versions of Windows,
- Windows 10: 68.75% (+0.8)
- Windows 11: 18.13% (+1.16)
- Windows 7: 9.62% (-1.58)
- Windows 8.1: 2.331% (-0.29)
- Windows 8: 0.62% (-0.03)
You can also check out the market share based on different computer OS for the year 2023,
- Windows: 74.14% (-1.2)
- macOS: 15.33% (+0.67)
- Unknown: 5.27% (+0.49)
- Linux: 2.91% (-0.02)
- ChromeOS: 2.34% (+0.06)