Tuesday 1st September 2015

Windows 10 first month worldwide usage well ahead of that recorded by Windows 8

Also exceeds Windows 7 launch

Daily usage of new Edge browser peaks at 20.1% to date but falls back to 14.1%

San Francisco, CA & Dublin, Ireland; Tuesday, 1st September 2015: In its first calendar month since launch, Windows 10 worldwide usage share far exceeds that of Windows 8 in the same time period, according to independent web analytics company StatCounter. Its analytics arm, StatCounter Global Stats finds that Windows 10 level of usage after one month also exceeds that recorded by Windows 7.

StatCounter conducted a special analysis of the take up of Edge by Windows 10 users. It found that Edge usage on Windows 10 peaked at 20.1% on 30th July, the day after the global launch, but fell back to 14.1% on the 31st August.

"Windows 10 came out of the traps much faster than Windows 8 and also exceeded the launch of Windows 7," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "While it's early days, usage of Edge by Windows 10 users has fallen by six percentage points from its peak the day after the global launch."

Spreadsheet: http://gs.statcounter.com/download/browser-usage-by-windows-10-users.csv

Worldwide usage of Windows 10 in its first calendar month (August) was 4.9% compared to 1% for Windows 8 and 4.1% for Windows 7 after their first complete month. (Table A)

Table A. Internet usage share for first calendar month since launch

Windows 10 Windows 8 Windows 7
Worldwide 4.88% 1% 4.05%
US 5.64% 1.16% 4.3%
UK 8.45% 1.17% 4.34%

Source: StatCounter - Other individual countries available at http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-201508-201508-bar

Worldwide Windows 7 still holds 48.1% of worldwide internet usage share. (39.7% in US and 34.5% in UK).

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For interview with Aodhan Cullen, photo or press queries:
Ronnie Simpson, Simpson Consulting PR
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