The Windows operating system is undoubtedly the most popular operating system in the world, but which version of it is used the most? It turns out that the latest iteration of this operating system, Windows 11, is seeing a rather stagnant adoption rate, with everything considered and accounted for. Windows 11 was released just over a year ago, but despite that, it hasn’t seen the level of adoption that Microsoft would have preferred.
With all of that said and now out of the way, it’s important to note that Windows 11’s adoption rate currently hovers around 15.44%, according to StatCounter. That puts it in second place ahead of Windows 7, but that’s not surprising given that support for Windows 7 was discontinued, but the operating system still holds a 9.6% market share. among all Windows operating systems.
The top spot is still held by Windows 10, and this low growth rate suggests that Windows 11 will need a very long time before it can reach those dizzying heights. Windows 10 is the operating system of choice for 72% of Windows users. Overall, about 76% of all desktop users in the world use Windows. 15.74% use macOS, 2.6% prefer Linux, and 2.38% currently use Chrome OS.
Microsoft has released plenty of updates for Windows 11 due to the fact that it’s the kind of thing that could potentially boost adoption rates, but those attempts haven’t paid off much. Users seem to stick with what they know best and are just too comfortable with Windows 10 to upgrade to the next iteration.
This can also be seen by the surprisingly high adoption rate of Windows 7 which has been widely hailed as the best operating system released by Microsoft since XP. Microsoft struggled to release bold new operating systems, such as 7 being popular despite the release of 8 and 8.1. It will be interesting to see if the same thing happens with Windows 11.
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