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  1. Tue, 01 Nov 2016
    Mobile and tablet internet usage exceeds desktop for first time worldwide
  2. Tue, 17 May 2016
    Firefox edges out Microsoft globally for first time in browser wars
  3. Mon, 01 Feb 2016
    Windows 10 overtakes 8.1 for first time globally
  4. Wed, 09 Dec 2015
    Little change in Yahoo US search share since Marissa Mayer appointment
  5. Tue, 01 Sep 2015
    Windows 10 first month worldwide usage well ahead of that recorded by Windows 8
  6. Wed, 22 Apr 2015
    Safari accounted for over half of US mobile and tablet usage in March
  7. Mon, 02 Mar 2015
    Yahoo's growth stalls in February but earlier gains largely retained
  8. Mon, 02 Feb 2015
    Yahoo gains further US search share in January
  9. Wed, 07 Jan 2015
    Yahoo achieves highest US search share since 2009
  10. Wed, 03 Dec 2014
    Three times more Yahoo search usage on Firefox 34 in the US
  11. Mon, 01 Dec 2014
    Windows 8.1 overtakes XP and breaks 10% mark for first time globally in terms of internet usage
  12. Thu, 18 Sep 2014
    Mobile internet usage soars by 67%
  13. Mon, 08 Sep 2014
    Apple 'holding its own' reports StatCounter ahead of imminent iPhone 6 announcement
  14. Tue, 02 Sep 2014
    Windows 8.1 overtakes 8 worldwide
  15. Wed, 02 Apr 2014
    Less than a week to go and XP remains world's second most popular operating system
  16. Tue, 04 Feb 2014
    New StatCounter report highlights global risk to business and other users from Windows XP
  17. Mon, 16 Dec 2013
    New StatCounter data finds that tablet internet usage is less than 5% globally
  18. Mon, 09 Sep 2013
    Web analytics company StatCounter charts Apple's global battle with Samsung ahead of rumored new iPhone launch
  19. Wed, 10 Jul 2013
    Web analytics company StatCounter launches "Internet Wars" Report
  20. Mon, 04 Feb 2013
    Apple and Samsung displace Nokia worldwide for first time in terms of internet usage
  21. Fri, 30 Nov 2012
    Windows 8 slower out of the traps than predecessor Windows 7
  22. Thu, 25 Oct 2012
    Windows 8 has battle globally to kill off XP
  23. Mon, 09 Jul 2012
    Web analytics company StatCounter highlights evolving global browser landscape in new video
  24. Mon, 18 Jun 2012
    [Note] An Open Letter to Roger Capriotti, Microsoft
  25. Fri, 01 Jun 2012
    Independent web analytics firm StatCounter confirms milestone as Chrome overtakes IE globally for first calendar month
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  26. Wed, 30 May 2012
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  27. Tue, 08 May 2012
    IE9 bucks the trend of older Microsoft browsers at weekends
  28. Wed, 11 Apr 2012
    Screen Resolution Alert for Web Developers
  29. Wed, 21 Mar 2012
    Chrome is world's number one browser for a day
  30. Mon, 06 Feb 2012
    Mobile internet usage is doubling year on year
  31. Thu, 15 Dec 2011
    Chrome 15 Becomes World's Most Popular Browser
  32. Thu, 01 Dec 2011
    Chrome Overtakes Firefox Globally for First Time
  33. Tue, 01 Nov 2011
    Windows 7 overtakes XP globally for first time in October
  34. Mon, 01 Aug 2011
    Chrome Overtakes Firefox for UK Number Two Browser Spot in July
  35. Fri, 01 Jul 2011
    Chrome Breaks 20% Globally in June
  36. Wed, 01 Jun 2011
    Firefox 4 Becomes Leading Firefox Version
  37. Wed, 23 Mar 2011
    Firefox 4 Hits the Ground Running and Eclipses Internet Explorer 9
  38. Tue, 08 Mar 2011
    Android overtakes BlackBerry for first time
  39. Tue, 01 Mar 2011
    Bing overtakes Yahoo! globally for first time
  40. Tue, 04 Jan 2011
    Firefox overtakes Internet Explorer in Europe in browser wars
  41. Wed, 01 Dec 2010
    BlackBerry overtakes Apple in Mobile Wars
  42. Tue, 05 Oct 2010
    Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser falls below 50% of worldwide market for first time
  43. Wed, 01 Sep 2010
    Windows 7 Jumps Ahead of Vista Globally for First Time
  44. Tue, 31 Aug 2010
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  45. Mon, 28 Jun 2010
    Chrome overtakes Safari for first time to claim third place in US Internet browser market
  46. Tue, 01 Jun 2010
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  49. Tue, 03 Nov 2009
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  50. Mon, 02 Nov 2009
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  51. Thu, 01 Oct 2009
    Bing Records First Monthly Decline Since Launch
  52. Tue, 01 Sep 2009
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  53. Mon, 03 Aug 2009
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  54. Fri, 10 Jul 2009
    Bing Overtakes Yahoo! for Second Time
  55. Thu, 02 Jul 2009
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    Bing Gains 1% of Search Market for Microsoft
  57. Thu, 11 Jun 2009
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  58. Fri, 05 Jun 2009
    Bing Overtakes Yahoo!
  59. Tue, 02 Jun 2009
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  60. Tue, 31 Mar 2009
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  61. Mon, 23 Mar 2009
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  62. Fri, 20 Mar 2009
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  63. Wed, 04 Mar 2009
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  64. Tue, 03 Mar 2009
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  65. Tue, 03 Mar 2009
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  66. Wed, 03 Sep 2008
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  68. Thu, 19 Jun 2008
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  69. Tue, 18 Mar 2008
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Windows 10 overtakes 8.1 for first time globally

  • Worldwide internet usage after first six months more than Windows 7 at same stage

San Francisco, CA & Dublin, Ireland; Monday, 1st February 2016: Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system overtook 8.1 for the first time globally in January, according to independent web analytics company StatCounter. Its analytics arm, StatCounter Global Stats finds that Windows 10 hit 13.7% in terms of desktop internet usage compared to 11.7% for Windows 8.1. Microsoft's latest operating system is still some way behind Windows 7 which represented 46.7% of internet usage worldwide in January.

Graph: http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-os-ww-monthly-201506-201601

Windows 10 is now at 15.7% in the US and overtook 8.1 in December. Windows 7 still leads the US on 40.5%. In the UK Windows 10 is powering ahead with 22.4% in January compared to 12.5% for 8.1. Win 10 overtook 8.1 in October. Windows 7 represents 36.8% of internet usage in the UK.

"Microsoft's determined promotion of Windows 10 seems to be having an impact," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "However, there remains a lot of loyalty to Windows 7 and it will be interesting to see if it becomes the equivalent of XP which, 14 years after launch, refuses to lie down and still has a 8% global share in terms of desktop internet use."

StatCounter analysis of the first six months finds that Windows 10 usage is greater than Windows 8 and Windows 7 over the same time period globally, in the US and UK.

Worldwide usage of Windows 10 after six calendar months (since August) was 13.7% compared to 5.0% for Windows 8 and 13.5% for Windows 7 at their initial half year stage (Table A).

Table A. Desktop internet usage share for sixth calendar month since launch

Windows 10
(Jan 2016)
Windows 8
(April 2013)
Windows 7
(April 2010)
Worldwide 13.7% 5.0% 13.5%
US 15.7% 5.8% 14.7%
UK 22.4% 6.6% 15.2%

Source: StatCounter - Other individual countries available at: http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-os-ww-monthly-201601-201601-bar

StatCounter's (www.statcounter.com) core business is to provide companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed and charities with the data to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include a free option, ease of use, independence and ability to view individual visitors in real time.

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to over three million websites. Further information: http://gs.statcounter.com/faq

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