by Felix Richter, Statista.com
Today Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10 as a free update to many users of previous Windows versions.
As always when a new version of the world’s most commonly used PC operating system arrives, people are curious whether it will be a hit or a miss. In the past, Microsoft has had a very mixed track record with its major Windows releases and many observers claim that past Windows versions have followed a distinct pattern, a pattern that is best described as hit and miss.
For every successful version of Windows (think Windows 3.1, 98, XP and 7) there is one that fails to win over the hearts of users (think 95, ME, Vista and most recently Windows 8). Following that pattern, Windows 10 should be to Windows 8 what Windows 7 was to Windows Vista – a more polished, more stable and more successful system blended with features from its unbeloved predecessor.
It remains to be seen whether Windows 10 can deliver on that promise. For now, Windows 7 remains by far the most popular choice among Windows users, as our chart illustrates. According to data published by NetMarketShare, 6 in 10 computers are currently running the six-year-old operating system.
This chart shows global market share of desktop operating systems in June 2015.
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