Windows 11 Keeps Losing Users to Windows 10

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windows 11 next to windows 10 logo and color


  • Windows 11 market share has been steadily declining since February 2024, falling below 26% in April.
  • Windows 10, nearing its end of life, has experienced a resurgence, surpassing 70% market share for the first time in almost a year.
  • Potential reasons for user flight from Windows 11 include lack of compelling features, removal of functionalities, and increasing ad presence.

Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 11, seems to be hitting a rough patch. Data from Statcounter paints a concerning picture of the famous OS. Since February 2024, Windows 11's market share has been on a steady decline. In April, it dipped below 26%, marking a significant setback for the OS.

This trend is particularly surprising, considering Windows 11 hasn't even reached its mid-life cycle. Unlike its predecessor, Windows 8, which was widely panned for its radical interface changes, Windows 11 enjoyed a relatively smooth launch. So, what's causing users to abandon ship?

Several factors could be contributing to Windows 11's struggles. Experts suggest a lack of compelling features that would entice users to upgrade from the familiar and still-supported Windows 10. While Windows 11 boasts a sleek aesthetic overhaul, some users might find it lacking in functionality compared to its predecessor.

Additionally, Microsoft's decision to remove functionalities like the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) has alienated a specific user base – power users who relied on WSA to run Android apps directly on their desktops. This move feels particularly puzzling, considering the growing popularity of mobile integration on PCs.

Further fueling the fire is the increasing number of ads popping up on Windows 11. While Microsoft offers ways to disable some ads, their very presence creates frustration among users who expect a clean and professional experience from a paid operating system. This aggressive ad placement strategy is a departure from the user-centric approach Microsoft has traditionally adopted.

Microsoft is scheduled to unveil new AI features for Windows 11 later this month. However, rumours suggest these features might only be available on newer hardware. If true, this could be a major turn-off for a significant portion of the user base who don't plan on upgrading their current PCs.

With Windows 10 nearing its end of support in October 2025, Microsoft needs to act swiftly. They must address user concerns, provide compelling reasons to switch to Windows 11, and potentially reconsider their approach to features and advertising. Otherwise, they risk a significant chunk of their user base sticking with the tried-and-true Windows 10, leaving Windows 11 in a precarious position.

That was all for Windows 11 market shares from last month. If you’re interested in learning more about Windows 11 and new OS features try our other articles like How to Disable Windows 11 Start Menu Ads and Windows is copying Samsung by adding more ads to its OS.

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