Despite Microsoft’s aggressive marketing strategy created to persuade users to upgrade to Windows 10, Windows 7 is still leading the market. The folks from Avast have published some stats about the global Windows usage for the first quarter of 2017 and revealed some interesting facts.
56 million computers use Avast on Windows 7, this representing 48.35% of the market share. Windows 7 is followed by Windows 10, which is installed on 35 million devices running Avast software and Windows 8.1, which is installed on 12.7 million systems running Avast, representing about 10.96% of the market.
The big surprise is Windows XP, which has a market popularity bigger than Windows Vista and Windows 8 combined. According to the same numbers, Windows XP is still running on 6.5 million computers using Avast software (about 5.64%), while Windows 8 is running only on 2.51% of the computers having Avast installd, and Vista running on 2.08%. Speaking of Vista, it will reach end of life (EOL) next month, so if you still have it on your system it is advised either upgrade or switch to Linux.
Windows XP is still used due to the fact that it ideal for computers with old hardware and can run specific programs built on old technology that are not compatible with newer Windows systems.