Skip to main content

Here’s why Windows 11 is finally inching along

Statcounter market share report showing Windows 11 catching up to Windows 10.

Amid Windows 10’s end-of-life, it looks like users are slowly but surely accepting Windows 11 as their new operating system, as a Statcounter report shows. Despite the resistance, the report shows that Windows 11 is catching up with 29.7% of the market share but is not close enough to Windows 10’s 66.1%.

That’s a slight uptick from Statcounter’s report in March, which landed at 67.23% for Windows 10 and 28.18% for Windows 11.

You might not be impressed by the numbers, but at least they’re moving in the right direction. Time will tell if the slow upward trend numbers will pick up the pace. After all, despite some newly announced support through micropatch provider 0Patch, the October 14, 2025, end-of-life date remains.

The reasons behind the latest numbers could be many, though there are two obvious explanations. For one, Microsoft has been encouraging adoption of Windows 11 in all sorts of different ways, whether that’s the announcement about charging for security upgrades or the full-page ads baked into Windows 10. Maybe the argument is finally making its point.

Secondly, the company has been pushing hard on its new Copilot+ PCs. They launched two weeks ago, and despite the troublesome rollout of its AI features, they have been reviewing rather well. PC sales are expected to rise by 8% throughout 2024, all of which will contribute to a bigger piece of the pie for Windows 11. Microsoft certainly hopes that it can entice upgraders with AI features, even if they’re a bit underwhelming at the moment.

Either way, given the firm end-of-life date, we’ll all be moving to Windows 11 eventually. And based on the way things are going, it’s going to be a long, painful process before we see any real forward momentum.

Judy Sanhz
Judy Sanhz is a Digital Trends computing writer covering all computing news. Loves all operating systems and devices.
Best Prime Day gaming laptop deals: Save $800 off RTX 4080
The TUF Gaming 14 laptop being played on a wooden table.

Prime Day may have ended but Prime Day deals are still hanging around. If you've had your eye on Prime Day gaming laptop deals or Prime Day laptop deals we think you should have a look at what's left of the sales. There was a good run on Prime Day gaming laptop deals but inventories haven't run out yet and you'll find several good deals still to choose from below. If you aren't finding exactly what you're looking for here you can also check out what's left of the Best Buy Prime Day laptop deals and Walmart Prime Day deals.
Best Prime Day gaming laptop deals

Prime Day provides an excellent opportunity for a gaming laptop upgrade due to the discounts that are being offered. You may be able to afford high-powered machines that were previously out of reach, while budget-friendly devices are even cheaper so that you'll have enough cash to buy gaming accessories and fill out your video game library. These Prime Day gaming laptop deals aren't expected to last long though, so if you see an offer that you like, it's highly recommended that you proceed with the purchase quickly.

Read more
Best Prime Day gaming PC deals: AMD, Intel, Nvidia savings
Lenovo Legion Tower Gaming PC on a table.

Prime Day itself has come and gone but there are still plenty of Prime Day deals to check out in its wake. Gamers thinking of upgrading their gaming desktop should take advantage of the leftovers, which is why we've rounded all of the best Prime Day gaming PC deals still available. While a gaming PC can get pretty expensive, these Prime Day gaming PC deals should help your wallet out a little bit, as they're still some of the better gaming PC deals available. You can also check out Prime Day gaming laptop deals if you're simply looking for any kind of great gaming machine, and some of the remaining Prime Day headphone deals can help strengthen the audio experience.
Best Prime Day gaming PC deals (Intel)

For most gamers, Intel remains their go-to brand for gaming PC processors. You'll have your choice from low-priced options to premium models, and you can pair them with the appropriate graphics card for the fastest performance that your budget allows. You're going to want to go for the latest Intel processors if you can afford them, but previous-generation models are still worthwhile purchases if combined with a good GPU and a decent amount of RAM.

Read more
AMD just snatched the performance crown, even with an impaired Ryzen 9 9950X
A hand holding AMD's Ryzen 9 9950X.

Early benchmarks for AMD's upcoming Ryzen 9 9950X are starting to make the rounds, and they already show some impressive performance gains. Igor Kavinski took to the Anandtech forums to share some benchmarks in Cinebench that were gathered with an engineering sample of the Ryzen 9 9950X, and AMD's upcoming CPU already managed to outpace Intel's Core i9-14900KS, according to Wccftech.

At 160 watts, the Ryzen 9 9950X managed a multi-core score of 42,336 in Cinebench R23, while the Core i9-14900KS reached 41,285 in its default Performance power profile. Intel's CPU regains a lead in its Extreme power mode, but it also consumes 320 watts -- double what the Ryzen 9 9950X sipped down. There's a little more to the story outside of the raw score, though.

Read more