Adoption rates for Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system, released July 29, are beginning to slow down, according to Internet statistics. Windows 8.1 appears to be bearing the brunt of the OS update, showing the greatest drop in usage rates globally.
StatCounter's Global Stats for the past month show a steep curve for Windows 10 adoption rates from 0 percent prior to the release date to 5.84 percent by mid-month. Since then, usage of the new OS has flattened and even declined slightly to about 5.34 percent as of yesterday.
This weekend could show a new spike in adoption rates, however, as downloads historically rise on peoples' days off from work. In fact, every usage peak for Windows 10 so far has occurred on a Sunday, according to StatCounter.
As for Windows 8.1: usage dropped from 15.04 percent on July 22 to 12.4 percent on August 20. Windows 8 fell from 3.28 percent on July 22 to 3.06 percent on August 20, while Windows 7 dipped just slightly from 50.11 percent on July 22 to 49.1 percent on August 20. And Windows XP fell from 9.27 percent on July 22 to 9 percent on August 20.
First New Build for Windows 10
Microsoft has described Windows 10 as its "last" version of Windows, as it plans to update the OS on an ongoing basis rather than periodically releasing new, discrete updates. The new operating system, designed to provide the same user experience across all devices running Microsoft's software, also signals the company's shift to a cloud-based rather than software purchase model.
"With the general availability of Windows 10, the Windows Insider Program will focus on building and delivering Windows as a service by updating Windows 10 with new features and functionality on an ongoing basis," Gabe Aul, engineering general manager for the operating systems group, said earlier this week on the Windows blog. "As always, Windows Insiders will be the first to see these new features and changes."
On Tuesday, Microsoft released a new build -- Build 10525 -- of Windows 10 for Windows Insiders in the so-called "Fast" ring, which gives insiders access to the earlier and roughest-edge versions of new builds. Based on early feedback from users, Build 10525 is the first since Windows 10 launched last month.
Edge Browser Adoption Lagging
Microsoft is offering all consumers and small-business users the option of upgrading to Windows 10 for free over the coming year. One catch that has been criticized by some, however, is that ongoing updates for anyone who does download the new OS will be rolled out automatically without giving users the option to decline updates. The same, however, will not hold true for enterprise users, who will have more choice over how to handle updates.
Since it was released, Windows 10 has been described by a number of people as a bit of a storage hog on users' devices. Some of its default copyright and privacy settings have also been criticized as invasive.
Windows 10 also saw the debut of Edge, Microsoft's successor to the Internet Explorer browser. As of this week, however, both StatCounter and analytics from Net Applications show adoption rates for Edge are lagging even among those who have downloaded the new OS.
Posted: 2015-10-31 @ 3:31pm PT
This will break MS. Too many failures with the likes of 98, ME, Vista and 8/8.1. Windows 10 was the make or break OS for MS. If they force it onto the consumer, MS will be buried unless they can think of alternative measurements to get back the confidence of the public. They are forgetting one crucial thing here. We are the customer. Aren't businesses supposed to make the customer happy? Without us, they have no business.
Posted: 2015-09-06 @ 12:18pm PT
I am using Win8.1 and not going to upgrade to Win10 in forseeable future. It just does not offer anything substantial while the Metro UI became totally invasive according to the users who tried it. In Win8.1 I see the Metro things very rarely especially given I use Classic Shell and other third-party tools, but in Win10 even Control Panel and the calculator reportedly became metroish.
Posted: 2015-09-04 @ 1:46pm PT
Windows 10 Upgrade from 8.1 went smoothly on my ASUS i5 Notepad, then the oatmeal hit the fan. Long story short, things didn't look up until I clean installed Win 10 on a second partition.
In evaluating Window 10, I would have to say that it runs faster, and I like the new desktop interface design. The things that I don't like are Edge, Cortana, the new Settings interface, the blatant suggestion at invasion of privacy, and the color schemes.
The light gray and light blue text and graphics range from barely readable to unreadable. I've tried everything, but nothing works. It's just Win 10. I did not have that problem with Win 8.1. With Win 10, Microsoft has built the equivalent of a cattle chute that the user has to follow.
You can no longer have it your way; it's Microsoft's way or the highway. I am ready to delete the Win 10 partition and settle in comfortably with Win 8.1 for the next eight years. Sorry Microsoft, you have become too pushy.
Posted: 2015-08-30 @ 5:15pm PT
As far as I'm concerned, W10 is the last MS OS. I abandon the boat.
Too many scary and unacceptable "feats":
-Destruction of privacy.
-Stealing of property.
-Installation of software in secrecy, even in older versions of windows.
-Worse interface than W7.
-Incompatibility with a large set of software and hardware.
-General disrespect to the user.
-Outrageous EULA and default settings.
-General suspicious behavior.
Posted: 2015-08-26 @ 10:10am PT
Windows 10 literally takes over your PC. It replaced my Nvidia device driver with a generic driver, which caused my second monitor to stop receiving video signal. Also, part of your data is stored online, like it or not. Between the forced updates that can't be turned off, no privacy, and lousy drivers that replace original vendors' drivers, Microsoft can keep Windows 10. Thanks, but no thanks.
Posted: 2015-08-25 @ 4:28pm PT
I tried it on a HP Stream 11 and really thought it made that hardware lag. I think because it used more RAM then Win 8.1 especially Edge browser. Was not impressed so I downgraded. My Windows 7 desktop will never see Win 10 and my other notebook is a MacBook Air. You know I don't dislike Win 10 or really like it. I'm kind of neutral on it. Can take it or leave it. Probably just wait until I get it in a new notebook in a year or so.
Posted: 2015-08-24 @ 8:37am PT
I rolled it back due to privacy concerns. Do they really need to access MY files in my PRIVATE folders? To what end?
I'm willing to bet that most of the privacy on/off switches really don't do anything.
Posted: 2015-08-24 @ 5:17am PT
On my high-end system, I rolled back to 8.1 because my NICs would choke whenever streaming graphics/video across the connection. Newer NIC drivers not found. I stumbled into a few comments about systems with nVidia graphics cards having a similar issue -- and I do have an nVidia GTX285 -- but I wasn't about to remove the card to test further.
On a low-end system with only MS-Office installed, it worked fine and I've kept that system at Win10.
I haven't warmed up to Edge, yet.
Posted: 2015-08-24 @ 3:14am PT
To understand, what Microsoft - with introducing Windows 10 - is doing with all your stored data (in cloud and on your desktop!!!), it only needs to read the new MS EULA (End User License Agreement):
Quote: "Finally, we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary."
Quote: "Rather than residing as a static software program on your device, key components of Windows are cloud-based. … In order to provide this computing experience, we collect data about you, your device, and the way you use Windows."
They even collect the rhythm of your keystrokes as biometrical signature to identify you, whereever you are.
Changing privacy settings in Windows Home and Professional are dummy's, have no effect. According to Microsoft, these only have effect in Windows 10 Enterprise edition.
Posted: 2015-08-23 @ 5:43pm PT
Tried windows 10. Could not use IE for some reason. Also lost some extensions that had to be reinstalled. Norton Security Suite had to have all 92 of my favorite sites reentered. This included www address and passwords I had stored in windows 8.1
I reverted back to the old reliable 8.1, and everything was complete, and intact, just as I left it.
Feels real good to be back on 8.1 / 10.0 was a bad idea!
You can keep the new EDGE. It is not worth using. Worst browser I have ever used!!!
Posted: 2015-08-23 @ 4:09pm PT
I would LOVE to see the rollback stats. How many people tried it and gave it up as a bad idea?
Posted: 2015-08-22 @ 4:57pm PT
It's just windows 8 with a different start menu. I'm a workhorse who uses keyboard shortcuts, so I'm running classic shell to bring back the windows xp/windows 7 menu. windows 10 is nothing good on the top. under the hood, it may offer up-to-date optimization, which is the only reason I'm running windows 10. I come home and my computer has restarted due to automatic updates, and people logging into my cloud/ftp servers are screwed over until I login. I don't like the forced updates. If this is the future of Windows, I'll soon be moving to Linux. Windows doesn't mean as much to me as before, and Linux is that much easier.
Windows is ignoring its workforce, keyboard-based users who are used to lightning-speed file management and a minimal, non-intrusive OS. Now MS is catering to the mainstream, don't-know-what-I'm-really-doing users, who already have one foot into the don't-need-a-desktop world. All they need a PC in the house for is to print airline check-in tickets or the occasional powerpoint presentation for their children's school project. Windows 10, may be the end for not only Microsoft, with their, 'this is it, we're moving to spontaneous updates' to users who worked with it since Windows 3.11 and adopted, who are now thinking, 'what does Windows do better than Linux?' which up to this point, they offered better file management and superior apps. The best Windows apps are now watered down, and can be found on all OSes. Even gaming is now serious on Linux. Give me five years, and I'll say a final farewell to MS if this is their future.
Posted: 2015-08-22 @ 3:34am PT
10 is a terrible OS
Posted: 2015-08-22 @ 1:07am PT
Consider, with only about 3 weeks on the market so far, most new laptops not yet including Win10 (mine didn't), and many people being told by MS to wait to upgrade (I assume to avoid excessive lag times/server crashes), it's a little early to really make any statement or prediction on Win10 adoption rates. With around 65-70% of PC's able to upgrade for free, I'll bet the adoption rate skyrockets by Christmas, though, at least in home use.
Upgrading was one of the first things I've done, and I've liked it pretty well so far. I think they may have hit a home run with Win10!