Video: Business boost for Microsoft’s Windows 10 target

Some two and a half years after its release, Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7 in worldwide usage.

That’s according to web analytics firm StatCounter, which puts Windows 10’s share of Windows PCs at 42.78 percent, ahead of Windows 7’s 41.86 percent.

Windows 10, which was released in July 2015, has climbed from a 32.84 percent share in January 2017, while Windows 7 declined from 47.46 percent in the period.

In terms of user numbers, Microsoft in November said 600 million Windows 10 devices had been active in the previous 28 days, 100 million more than nine months earlier. However, that figure includes tablets, phones, and Xbox consoles.

As those who closely track Windows market share know, there are several sources that offer these figures and they always differ due to different methodologies and varying sources of web traffic.

The other oft-quoted analytics firm, NetMarketShare, reports Windows 7 with an eight percent lead over Windows 10, though the gap has closed from 20 percent a year ago.

As ZDNet’s Ed Bott has previously explained, NetMarketShare aims to measure daily unique users within its network, while StatCounter measures total traffic. NetMarketShare also weights the data by country, whereas StatCounter doesn’t.

Windows 10 edges past Windows 7 worldwide for the first time.

Image: StatCounter

Meanwhile, the US Government analytics portal says 21.3 percent of 2.59…