Windows 10 was launched with much fanfare on July 29, and given the fact that during the same day Microsoft also allowed Windows 7 and 8.1 users to start downloading the new operating system free of charge as a direct upgrade, its market share skyrocketed in just a few hours.
As The Reg points out, in the first week on the market, Windows 10 managed to increase its share by 177 percent, jumping from 1.36 percent to 3.78 percent. The biggest market share of Windows 10 was achieved last week when it reached 4.95 percent, but statistics show that the growth of the operating system is slowing down already.
It's no secret that in the first days of availability, Windows 10 created some sort of online craze thanks to the free upgrade offer, and there were reports that it even slowed down the Internet in some parts of the world, so it's no surprise that so many people installed it.
But since that moment has passed and Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 in stages to those eligible for the free upgrade, its adoption is more or less slowing down, with StatCounter data showing an increase of only 30 percent in market share in the week of August 9.
Three percent surely sounds impressive for an operating system that's new on the market, but it's also a sign that Microsoft needs too much time to make it available to users worldwide and given the fact that adoption is already slowing down and Windows 10 doesn't even have 4 percent of the market, the company should really find a way to release it to everyone ASAP.
The free upgrade offer lasts until July 29, 2016, so there's still plenty of time for these figures to grow, but it's pretty much obvious that the launch momentum is the one that's more important.
On the other hand, it's also a well-known fact that some users and enterprises delay the transition to a new operating system in order to see how it performs on other computers and determine any issues that might be experienced within their organization.
So in other words, these figures are very likely to grow in the coming months. But the biggest question is, by how much?