Windows 10 usage rises slightly, Edge still floundering


Windows usage numbers for January are in, and they aren’t surprising.

Depending on whether you trust StatCounter’s or NetMarketshare’s numbers, Windows 10 usage in January was up 0.6 or 0.9 percentage point, respectively, compared to December. At the same time, Windows 7 usage decreased by 0.2 (see screenshot) or 1.1 percentage points, respectively.


Of course, those numbers should be taken with several heaping teaspoons of salt. As I explained a couple of months ago, there are in the companies’ measurement methods. The best that can be said is that their numbers are more or less comparable when taken month to month.

The unexplained six-month bump in StatCounter’s “Unknown” operating system count seems to have leveled off again.

, Microsoft seems to be betting on Universal apps to drive a distant-future operating system, “a simplified version of Windows 10 that will be able to run only Unified Windows Platform (UWP) apps installed from the Windows Store.“

With Windows 10 usage increasing at a snail’s pace and Edge barely registering on the meter, you have to wonder where Microsoft will come up with compelling UWP apps for this new “Windows 10 Cloud” operating system. Steve Ballmer has left the field, but his “Developers, developers, developers!” exhortation still resonates. Where have they all gone?