NIXsolutions: Windows 10 Continues Strong Amidst Windows 11 Transition

Windows 10, the predecessor to Windows 11, received its last feature update in 2022 and is approaching the end of its lifecycle. Despite expectations of a decline in its usage, Statcounter’s data indicates that the platform remained just as popular by the end of 2023 as it was in the previous year. Approximately 7 out of 10 Windows computers still operate on Windows 10.


Steadfast Adoption Statistics

Statcounter’s calculations reveal that Windows 10 closed 2023 with a share of 67.42%, marginally lower than its 67.95% usage in the preceding year. This stability suggests that Windows 10’s adoption rate has remained relatively unchanged over the last twelve months, despite Microsoft’s efforts to encourage migration to Windows 11. Although Windows 11 has shown growth of 10% in its share over the year, its adoption hasn’t accelerated as swiftly as anticipated, with just over a quarter of PCs worldwide running the new OS by December 2023.

Business Influence on Windows 10’s Endurance

Windows 10’s enduring popularity, mirroring the patterns of past Windows versions, can be largely attributed to its use in business environments. Steam’s platform data indicates a gradual decline of Windows 10 in favor of Windows 11, with a current difference of 11% between the two. Nevertheless, more than half of Steam users continue to operate on Windows 10, showcasing its sustained relevance, notes NIXsolutions.

Future Outlook and Support Extension

Scheduled to end its lifecycle in October 2025, Microsoft plans to discontinue support for Windows 10. However, the company is considering a three-year support extension, available via a paid subscription for post-2025 security updates. The subscription’s cost remains undisclosed at present.