Windows 8.1 and Windows XP sees drop in market share, Windows 7 gets a slight increase
The month of July has ended and it is now time to take a look at how well Microsoft’s Windows operating system has fared in terms of market share. According to new data from NetApplications, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has seen a slight decrease in combined market share as of July 2014, while Windows XP also drops in share. Windows 7, on the other hand, sees a slight increase.
Windows 7 continues to be the top desktop operating system with a 51.22% share. This is up from the previous month’s 50.55% share. The month prior saw a 48.77% share. Clearly Windows 7 is seeing increased share as the months go by.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, on the other hand, saw a combined share of 12.48%. This is down from the previous month’s 12.54%, which is lower than the 12.64% share from the month prior. Windows XP remains the second most popular Windows browser with a declining share of 24.82% as of July 2014.
Diving deeper into the stats, we can see that Windows 8.1 had a 6.61% share in June, but saw a decline to 6.56% as of July. Comparatively, Mac OSX 10.9 has an operating system share of 4.12% while Linux owns a 1.68% share.
Interestingly enough, we are beginning to see a declining trend with Windows 8/8.1, while Windows 7 continues to grow in market share. Are Windows 8 users reverting back to Windows 7? It could be.
Further reading: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows XP