Windows 8 Is Now Back On Growth Path In The Worldwide OS Market Share

OS Marketshare Windows August

New numbers from Net Applications for the month of August revealed that Windows 8/8.1 is back on growing path after it saw a slight decline last month.

Windows 7 continues to dominate at the top with the OS now over 51.21% market share, down from 51.11 percent in July. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined is now at 13.37% up fromĀ 12.48% last month. Windows XP saw a slight decrease to 23.89% down from 24.821% last month.

Mac OS X currently holds a 4.29% share, while Linux holds a 1.67% share. Windows Vista still holds a market share of 3.02%.

After few months of nearly flat growth, Windows 8/Windows 8.1 is now back with the right momentum. As it was rumored recently, Microsoft is planning to release Windows 9 for free to Windows 7 users along with Windows 8 that should encourage hundreds of millions of users to the latest OS.

  • Asgard

    Looks like W8 has a chance going past XP before W9 release.

    • Zicoz

      Only if XP drops

  • cybersaurusrex

    More importantly, overall Windows has gained 1 point of market share in the past year. It’s now at 91.58.

    • Lucius The Dragon

      With KDE4/5, Unity, and Gnome3 I’m not surprised seeing Linux desktop market share crumble.
      Those are the worst desktop UI ever conceived, and worse they came replacing perfectly working desktop managers without any good reason.
      Thank you KDE guys, with KDE4 you started the craze that killed any hope for Linux on desktop.

  • square.joe

    Why do they list Windows 8 and 8.1 as separate entries?

    • Martin

      Because they are two different kernel numbers, like W2K and XP.

  • grjack

    This wont make the big tech blogs, that’s for sure.

  • sb1370

    Windows 8.1 is great, I don’t know why it should be behind Windows 7. If they give it a try they will keep it.