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Windows 10 drops from 70% share and Windows 11 already exceeds 16%

Seeing that the situation of web browsers has not radically changed in recent months, it is perhaps more interesting to do a brief review of the quotas monopolized by the different versions of Windows and the main operating systems used on desktop and mobile. According to data that can be consulted in StatCounter, we find that Windows 10 drops very slightly from 70% and that Windows 11 rises to monopolize 16.12% within the spectrum of the Microsoft system.

Although upgrading Windows from one major version to another has always been very easy and free for the most part (at least that’s been the trend for the last decade and a half), Windows 11 adoption is slow. . We all know the reason by now, and it is its high requirements, not so much in terms of hardware power as the fact that the motherboard must support specific features such as TPM 2. Microsoft has justified its decision in security and has even recommended buying a new PC as the best way to upgrade from Windows 8.1, which has obviously cost him criticism for applying planned (or rather artificial) obsolescence policies.

Despite the obstacles in the way because a large percentage of users do not have a PC compatible with Windows 11, Microsoft’s latest operating system has been steadily gaining share and everything indicates that it will continue like this, even if it is keeping a slow pace. after seeing Windows 10 dropping to 69.77% share, the highlight is the constant loss of share of Windows 7 (10.24%)which is already almost six points behind Windows 11.

Shares of the different versions of Windows according to StatCounter in November 2022

Broadening the focus to encompass the entire desktop sector, Windows continues to be the clear dominator of the segment with a 75.09% share. The second place is occupied by macOS with 15.63% according to StatCounter, while Linux has 2.77% and ChromeOS 2.46%. There remains 4.03% of the enigmatic unknown (unknown), a very high percentage considering the almost zero gap left by the big four, so many speculate that most of this “unknown” corresponds to misidentified Linux systems.

Shares of desktop operating systems according to StatCounter in November 2022

And finally we have the mobility sector, which many years ago decided to bet on an almost perfect duopoly formed by Android and iOS. The first (71.94%) has a much higher share than the second (27.49%) because it is used in smartphones of practically all ranges, from the cheapest to the most expensive, while the second is used almost exclusively in high-end terminals. The quotas of each of them tend to balance in Anglo-Saxon countries and other very rich ones.

Shares of mobile operating systems according to StatCounter in November 2022

And this is the current panorama around the operating systems used both on desktop and mobile. At general levels we find ourselves with the usual, so the highlight is to see a Windows 7 that is giving in to Windows 11 and a Windows 10 that has dropped below 70%, although still touching that percentage with the fingertips.

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