Windows 10 kept its dominating lead in April 2023 over Windows 11

Martin Brinkmann
May 1, 2023
Updated • May 1, 2023
Windows 10, Windows 11 News

Windows 10 continues to be the most popular version of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, even though Windows 11's usage share continues to climb.

Usage statistics tracking service Statcounter published its stats for April 2023 today. Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system had a usage share of 71.36% in April, followed by Windows 11 with a usage share of 23.11% and Windows 7 with a usage share of 3.78%.

Windows 10 dropped by 2.10% compared to March. Windows 11 increased its share by 2.16% in April 2023, and Windows 7 stopped its massive decline in 2023 and even gained 0.06%.

Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 in January 2023 and the operating system's usage share has fallen from a December 2022 high of 11.2% to just 3.78% in April 2023. Several software companies have ended support for Windows 7 already, or display notifications to users that support is ending soon.

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Windows 10's share benefitted the most from end of support of Windows 7, as it jumped about 5% in the time.  Windows 11 continues its slow rise, gaining between 1% and 2% in the preceding months.

The statistics are not 100% accurate, as Statcounter's data is limited. While it is good enough to identify trends, it may fluctuate.

Microsoft announced this week that it won't release new feature updates for Windows 10. The operating system continues to receive security updates, and maybe also smaller updates, but there won't be major update releases for Windows 10 going forward.

Windows 10 will run out of support in October 2025. Windows 11 will certainly continue its climb, but it may not surpass Windows 10 until October 2025, unless its usage share rise accelerates.

Microsoft might release Windows 12, the next version of Windows, in 2024, and this will change the dynamic again significantly. Microsoft has yet to make an official announcement regarding Windows 12, but it is possible that Windows 11 devices may be upgraded to Windows 12 for free once it is released.

The first Windows 11 LTSC versions will come out in 2024, and this may accelerate the migration to Windows 11 in Enterprise and Education environments.

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  1. C said on May 17, 2023 at 12:15 am

    If Apple would like to easily kill Microsoft and earn a couple of billions, they would easily use the old mac os x operating system code based on intel x86 code and make it compatible with a broad number of PCs graphics cards and AMDs, that would be easy money for them!

  2. Jeff M.S. said on May 2, 2023 at 8:09 am

    XP and 7 were the peak of Windows, XP was legendary, 7 was great. Windows 10 is tolerable since they left us no choice and it can be hammered by third party app tweaks and modifications into being like Windows XP and 7 – restoring broken or missing features of the Start menu, Explorer, Taskbar etc (even Windows 8.1 could be fixed that way) but Windows 11 is just terrible, and also extremely difficult to fix via third party apps although it can be done. Without third party apps to fix them, every release starting with Vista has been trash and requires major tweaks, reg modifications to change defaults (in many cases, the UI for it is deleted but the reg value exists) or outright whole replacement of entire component with a third party app to make it usable and full-featured.

  3. Anonymous said on May 1, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    Windows 11 is a failure. No one is willing upgrading to this mess. The sole factor driving the increase is Microsoft’s removal of all OEMs’ ability to ship Windows 10; otherwise, everyone would still be getting Windows 10 with their new computers.

    1. Anonymous said on May 2, 2023 at 3:15 pm

      That doesn’t make any sense. It’s much more likely that the OEMs where the ones who asked for the strict requirements so they don’t have to support a billion generations of hardware. They are more than happy with Windows 11.

  4. Someone said on May 1, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    W10, 8 & 7 have an special place on my heart. Back then MS did something nice.

    aand xp is a Legend :)

  5. Nameless said on May 1, 2023 at 8:13 pm

    damn, Windows XP still alive.

  6. Sebas said on May 1, 2023 at 7:58 pm

    W10 was a mess when it debuted and still is. settings all over the place. Smartphone interface. As a beginner only after a steep learning curve, is it usable. The lay-out is terrible, compared to the Aero Glass theme. Privacy? Nope. W11 is even way more awful than W10. The days of XP and W7 with their superb simple handling and lay out and will never re-appear. The only thing positive about W10 is the near absence of BSoD’s.

    1. basingstoke said on May 2, 2023 at 5:57 pm

      Lmao Windows 10 has the same amount of bluescreens if not more – sincerely, IT support for a number of companies

  7. John G. said on May 1, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    W11 has been a complete fiasco. W10 was the king before W11, and now it’s the absolute king. I sincerely believe that Microsoft released W11just to increase the number of W10 happy users to the highest top ever. As my father said once: you need to taste the bad to choose the good.

    1. Jek they/them Porkins said on May 2, 2023 at 5:50 am

      Windows 7 is king. Windows 8-10 is just tolerable, and only if I use Open/Classic Shell. The whole effort to transfer everything to the windows “apps” ecosystem is stupid because ms apps are buggy and slow. The app store is filled with sketchy apps and malware.

      Windows 10 looks good because Windows 11 is even worse.

      1. John G. said on May 2, 2023 at 12:10 pm

        @Jek they/them Porkins +10

  8. cdr said on May 1, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    I use Windows 10 on all my PCs and will until I have only a few months left before Win 10 is discontinued. I could not care less about no new features for Win 10. I had Win 11 on one PC for a while. It was exasperating to figure out where they moved various common features. It’s like some kids took over and decided to change everything a little just to prove something. Very annoying. However, Classic Shell works fine on Win 11 so I could still make it look like Win 7 on the desktop. Still, Win 11 was removed in favor of Win 10 once again.

    Microsoft can monetize all they want on everything that can figure out how to make a buck off of. I don’t care. But why do that have to change things simply for the sake of changing them?

    1. Seeprime said on May 2, 2023 at 12:26 am

      By “a few months” you mean 29 months. After October 2025 is likely to continue providing micropatches. No rush to go to 11.

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