As Windows XP Usage Falls, Windows 7 & 8 Make Big Gains

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With only a week of support left Windows XP usage is starting to decline but still maintains 27% of OS marketshare.  Data from Net Applications for March shows Windows XP usage declined 1.84% (from 29.53% percent to 27.69%).  Likely many businesses are transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7.  Windows Vista also fell 0.11% (from 3.10% to 2.99%). 

Windows 8.1 & Windows 8 continue to grow have a combined marketshare over 11% for the first time.   Specifically, the combined operating systems gained 0.62 percentage points (from 10.68% to 11.30%).  Windows 8 gained 0.03 percentage points (from 6.38% to 6.41%), while Windows 8.1 grabbed an additional 0.59% (from 4.30% to 4.89 %).

Windows 7 made the biggest gain of 1.46% (from 47.31% to 48.77%).  The large gain is most likely businesses moving from Windows XP to Windows 7.

Source: Net Applications via tnw



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  • 5Lk9m2Q7NR

    is there yearly data? monthly data are just boring.

  • kain0m

    I can’t unterstand why People would still use W8… 8.1 is a free Upgrade, and its’s been available fort quite a while now….

    • jimski27

      I have three friends who all bought Win 8 laptops. None had upgraded to 8.1 yet as they were fearful of what might happen. Got one to do it on their own, but the other two want me to do it for them.
      Said it before. Retailers should offer to do 8.1 upgrades for free. It would give them opportunities to upsell customers, and get them to stay in the store for an hour. That’s worth something.