Windows 8.1 Passes Windows 8 In Market Share, But Windows 7 Still Growing


Windows Market Share May 2014

According to the latest market share data from Net Applications, Windows 8.1 has finally passed Windows 8 in terms of worldwide market share. The growth of Windows 8 is on the negative side while Windows 8.1 is growing slowly. Windows 8.1/Windows 8 combined got increased by 0.40% (from 12.24 percent to 12.64 percent). While Windows 8 slipped 0.07 %(from 6.36 percent to 6.29 percent), Windows 8.1 gained 0.47% (from 5.88 percent to 6.35 percent).

The surprising part of the stat was that Windows 7 is continuing to grow despite Windows 8.1’s presence. It gained 0.79% (from 49.27 percent to 50.06 percent). One good news for Microsoft is that Windows XP lost 1.02% (from 26.29 percent to 25.27 percent). Microsoft will hope people will migrate from Windows XP at a faster rate though.

via: TNW Source: Net Applications

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  • Alexander F.

    The growth of Windows 7 is still stronger than the growth of Windows 8.1. Not sure MS is going to like this.

    • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

      They’re getting paid any way, sure they’ll like this as it indicates that people won’t move to Macintoshes and/or Linux, but it also means that they’ll have to push their ((the)(/)(THE )FORMER-)wINDOWs Live services, and Bing on Windows 7 more, the Windows Store already beats the Mac App Store, so Windows 8.X will grow, and many businesses know that Windows 7 is the inferior product, but it’s still better than letting users move to Linux.

  • ZloiYuri

    I always wandering how they got so precise numbers? And wandering more when different count companies getting different but extremely precise numbers. Did they ever heard about statistics fluctuations or confidence intervals? Mathematicians…..

    • Private__Joker

      oh, sure, MS reports are going to be far more accurate – and neutral!

      • ZloiYuri

        Somebody told here about PR releases by MS? Or you just wanna asspain and dickhurt? Stop it immediately until it will be too late

  • Private__Joker

    Vistabob8.11, 70% of the user market share Vista had back in time at same point from launch: 130% more a failure than Vista!

    • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

      Doesn’t matter, the product is better, Vista failed because of of a lousy product, Windows 8.X failed because of horrible marketing.

      • NGM123

        Windows 8.1 rocks on a touch UI, nothing short of spectacular but sucks hairy balls on a traditional set up, so unless your migrating to touch from W7 there is zero need for W8 IMHO.

  • Stuart

    Not sure how this is surprising. Enterprise is moving from XP to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 because it is not as much of a drastic change for their users. Once the consumer market helps build up the Windows 8 Store and they iron out the kinks it will be more ready for businesses to adopt on a larger scale.