Windows 8.1 Market Share Slightly Increases As Windows XP User Base Shrinks
Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 8.1 was not hailed so much by the users. The reason behind its failure in attracting customers is believed to be its useless features and not-so-good interface. Despite of all the negative comments we have heard about Windows 8.1 from its critics, it has seen slow yet gradual increase in its usage in the last few months.
The news comes as relief for Microsoft who previously saw decline in its Windows 8 usage in July while Windows 7 was able to attract more users.
Net Applications released monthly market share figures (this time for the month of August) that show which OS was used the most among Internet users. The report suggests that Windows 8.x saw a positive growth with 13.37 percent market share — a rise of 0.89 compared to the last month. If we go in further details, Windows 8 scored 6.28 percent while Windows 8.1 was up with 7.09 percent of the market in August.
Windows 7 was stable at 51.21 percent market share, and Windows Vista saw a slight decline with 3.02 percent last month.
Windows XP, on the other hand, faced biggest drop in its usage. After dominating the market for quite a long time and holding approximately quarter of the market share even after five months of its death, it now owns 23.89 percent of PCs — dipped nearly 0.93 compared to the last month.
It is possible that the users who uninstalled Windows XP opted for Windows 8.x operating systems because it is natural to install the latest version of the software whenever you remove an older one. This might be the reason why we have seen more usage for Windows 8.x.
Windows XP was without the doubt the most successful operating system ever released by Microsoft. It ruled the market for about 12 years and saw kids from playing GTA’s early versions to becoming graduates. Recently, a developer from Greece recently planned to release unofficial service pack 4 for Windows XP to keep the OS alive. However, Microsoft doesn’t support their motive.
Comparing Microsoft’s operating systems with its rivals, Windows owns 91.58 percent share, followed by Apple’s Mac OS having 6.74 percent and Linux having 1.67 percent.
Although Windows is popular in desktop PCs and laptops used by end-users, Linux still outperforms Windows in academics and environments where scalability and security are top priorities. Linux kernel is used in open-source platforms like Android and BSDs.