September 2013 has come to a close and its now time to take a look at how well Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system has fared in terms of market share for the month. According to new data from NetApplications, Windows 8 now holds a market share of 8.02%, which is a 0.61% increase compared to the previous month.
As of September 2013, Windows 8 holds a market share of 8.02%. Windows 8 saw its biggest increase in market share for the month of August, where the operating system went up by 2% in share. Windows 7, on the other hand, remains at the top with a 46.43% share. Windows XP comes in second place with a 31.41% share. As you can see, Windows 8 is now firmly in third place right behind Windows XP and Windows 7.
Windows 7 continues to climb in market share while Windows XP continues to drop in share. For the month of August, Windows 7's share went up to 45.63%. For the month of September, Windows 7 went up to 46.43%. We suspect that more people are finally upgrading to Windows 7, from Windows XP as the culprit for this share increase.
We are just 16 days away until the general availability of Windows 8.1. For those that are just joining us, Windows 8.1 is a free update to Windows 8 and will be made available on October 17th. We also expect Windows 8's market share to increase significantly for this month, but we will have to wait until the 1st of November for the data to be released.