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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

And would you believe that Windows XP market share went UP last week?

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Windows 10 looks to be doing alright, according to measurements taken by StatCounter.

We usually consider desktop OS market share data from StatCounter and Netmarketshare in the first week of each month, but the former analyst also offers weekly data. With the debut of Windows 10 just 11 days behind us, a look at weekly data gives us the chance to see if Redmond's latest is meeting with the market's favour.

Microsoft probably won't mind StatCounter's numbers, as they say that in the week from August 3rd to 9th Windows 10 accounted for 3.55 per cent of desktop operating systems. StatCounter measures market share by counting the prevalence of operating systems hitting web servers, so is not entirely reliable, but is also one of the few independent indicators out there.

Windows 10's good week saw it jump from 1.36 per cent of the market in the week commencing July 27th. The biggest loser looks to be Windows 8.1, which dipped from 16.45 per cent share to 14.93 per cent. Windows 7 went from 54.41per cent to 53.8 per cent and Windows 8 dropped from 3.6 percent to 3.46 percent.

The astute among you will have noticed that there's a combined 2.27 per cent dip among Windows 7 to 8.1 and a 2.19 per cent increase for Windows 10.

A small dip for Windows Vista, down 0.05 per cent, and a tiny uptick over the two weeks – just 0.02 percent – for Windows XP round out the Windows story.

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