Market Share: Firefox Still Slumping, Windows 10 Looking Good

I thought the end of September might be an opportune time to see how Firefox is now traveling in terms of market share, as well as taking a look at early figures for Windows 10.

Firefox Market Share

Credit: NetMarketShare

Credit: NetMarketShare

As you can see from the above screenshot, Firefox’s slump has slowed somewhat but market share is still far too low for what is supposed to be a major force in the browser arena. It’s also pretty obvious that Google’s Chrome browser has been the main benefactor, now sitting at well over double Firefox’s market share.

Windows 10 Market Share

It’s still very early days for Windows 10 of course, having just been released on 29th July. However, we can get some semblance of a guide by comparing Windows 7 market share at approximately the same time following initial release. Windows 7 was released on 22nd October 2009 but, unfortunately, NetMarketShare’s statistics only go back as far as January 2010. At that time, Windows 7 had been around for one month longer than Windows 10 has been right now.

windows 7 market share

Credit: NetMarketShare

Credit: NetMarketShare

As you a can see, factoring in the one month differential, Windows 10 is right on par with Windows 7. Of course, users had to pay for the Windows 7 upgrade whereas Windows 10 is free, so that’s bound to have an influence on any comparative adoption rates.

I wonder how long it will be before Windows 10 overtakes Windows 8.1 – my guess, not very long.


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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.


    • Yes Cornell, it’s a pretty scary number, especially seeing that these can only be counted when connected to the internet. Although, I’m pretty sure a majority of the XP users counted would be from within the corporate sector.