Statcounter: Windows 11's climb slowed down in May 2023

A Windows 10 logo next to a Windows 11 logo and a Windows 7 logo

Several days ago, when detailing performance improvements in the latest Windows 11 update, Microsoft revealed that over one billion computers run its operating system. Unfortunately, the company did not provide extra details, such as how many devices have upgraded to Windows 11. Still, developers and customers are not in the complete dark—Statcounter's monthly reports provide regular insights into how many users each Windows version and other operating systems.

Click here to learn more about Statcounter's methodology. Remember that data from third parties is never 100% accurate.

According to the May 2023 report from Statcounter, Windows 10 remains the dominant operating system among Windows users. Approximately 71.9% (+0.54 points) of all customers continue using it for their daily computing needs.

Windows 11, which soon turns two, slowed down a bit: 22.95%, with a slight dip compared with the previous month (-0.16 points). It will be interesting to see how the just-released "Moment 3" update will affect Windows 11's market share and if the announced at the Build conference features are tempting enough for Windows 10 customers to pull the trigger and update.

Together, Windows 10 and 11 hold 94.85% of the entire market.

As expected, Windows 7 took a significant nosedive when Microsoft ended the Extended Security Update program in January 2023. Still, a considerable number of users continue operating Windows 7 for all sorts of tasks. Statcounter claims the OS has a 3.61% market share (-0.17 points).

Those not planning to upgrade from Windows 7 soon will be glad to learn that Mozilla is ready to continue supporting the now-dead OS for more than one extra year. Even though Windows 7 no longer receives updates, it still has a mainstream browser with regular patches and security fixes.

A chart showing Windows versions market shares by Statcounter
  1. Windows 10: 71.9% (+0.54 points)
  2. Windows 11: 22.95% (-0.16 points)
  3. Windows 7: 3.61% (-0.17 points)
  4. Windows 8.1: 0.72% (-0.13 points)
  5. Windows 8: 0.37% (-0.06 points)

The honorable mention goes to Windows XP, which will soon mark ten years since the end of its extended support. Per Statcounter's findings, about 0.32% of Windows users are still rocking XP and using it to access the internet. A decade in no-update mode is nothing for a true fan!

You can find more information about the Statcounter May 2023 report on the official website. A similar report covering the latest browser stats is available here.

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