As we’re waiting for Microsoft to announce the first update to Windows 8.1, here are some interesting data with regards to the combined market share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. Of course, there’s no point in bringing Windows RT into the discussion.
When it comes to tracking the exact market share of operating system on a global scale, it’s hard to say which is the most “honest” and truthful report out there, as there are countless analytics companies which pretend to know the right deal. But one thing’s sure – despite being almost stripped of support, Windows XP is still the second most used desktop operating system in the world, of course, after Windows 7, as you can see for yourself in the above screenshot.
According to the latest report from Net Applications, we see that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are steadily growing, having gained a combined 0.62 percentage points (from 10.68 percent to 11.30 percent). Windows 7 is still the leader, now with an increased market share of 48.77 percent). So, it will be curious to see who will continue to keep using Windows XP after support ends and who decides to switch to Windows 7 or to Windows 8.
Windows 8, which saw its biggest gain in August at 2.01 percentage points and its biggest loss in November at 0.87 percentage points, has not slipped for the first time in months. This is likely a blip as all Windows users are being encouraged to get the latest and greatest, and Microsoft is making the upgrade path to Windows 8.1 just a free download away for Windows 8 users.
How do you think 2014 will end? Will Microsoft managed to increase its market share or users are still finding Windows 8 quite hard to digest? My personal bet is that on January 1st, 2015, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 will have a combined market share of more than 25%, thanks to many Windows XP and Windows 7 movers. But let’s wait and see.