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Windows 11 Usage Share is Struggling. Thanks, Microsoft! (Premium)

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Data from the market researchers at StatCounter show that Windows 11’s meager usage growth hasn’t come at the expense of Windows 10. Instead, it’s taking share from Windows 7 and other versions. This is a far different picture than the one painted by Microsoft, leading to renewed questions about why the software giant has artificially restricted access to an OS update that is, by all accounts, a rather minor upgrade.

Windows 11 is now installed on about 15.45 percent of all Windows PCs, StatCounter says, up from 8.91 percent in April, a gain of about 6.5 percentage points. That seems reasonable, even successful, in isolation. But there is so much more data to discuss.

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