Skip to comments.Windows 8.1 overtakes Vista, Mac OS X as Windows XP maintains 29% share
Posted on 03/03/2014 1:16:28 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Windows 8.1, after four months of its October 2013 debut, has finally managed to overtake other operating software including Windows Vista and Mac OS X recording a slow, but steady initial growth.
According to latest latest data coming from Net Applications Windows 8.1 holds a market share of 4.30 percent to become the fourth most popular operating system in the world.
According to the statistics, Windows 7 with a share of 47.31 percent, continues to be the number one OS version followed by Windows XP which is still powering 29.53 percent of desktop computers worldwide.
Microsofts modern operating system, Windows 8, launched in October 2012, powers around 6.38 percent of computers. Next is the Mac OS X 10.9 and Windows Vista with 4.30 and 3.48 percent share respectively.
Although Windows 8.1 has not been able to attract a huge of users and is running at a relatively slow pace, Microsoft still believes that more and more users would opt for the operating system in the near future.
At the end of 2013, Windows 8.1 garnered a market share of 3.60 percent, while in January 2014 the new OS versions market share went up to 3.94 percent before eventually going all the way up to 4.30 percent in February 2014.
Windows 8.1 is set to receive an important update this spring as the OS maker aims to make several changes to the platform in order to make it more appropriate for PCs.
One thing that may overshadow Windows 8.1′s market share increase is Windows XPs stability at above 29 percent share. With just a little over month to go before Microsoft officially pulls the plug on Windows XP, there is a lot at stake for those who dont migrate away from the 14-year old operating system.
In before the Microsoft vendors/salesmen find this thread and show up and tell us how Windows 8 is really great, it’s just we are too stupid to realize how great it and Bill Gates really are!!
“With just a little over month to go before Microsoft officially pulls the plug on Windows XP, there is a lot at stake for those who dont migrate away from the 14-year old operating system.”
Operate two 8.1s, one 7.0, and two XPs. Have not found ONE feature that causes me even the slightest desire to get rid of the XPs.
Personally, I can't wait. No more stupid gold shield alerts. I would just assume MS ignore me. They've gotten my last dollar.
Yet I will continue to use XP...just not for intenet access. That will be disconnected in favor of a Linux VM.
I had to get a new computer and it came with Win 8. I honestly have had no problem with it. It took some getting used to, but it’s worked fine for me. No, I am NOT a shill for Microsoft. I would have preferred to keep my Win 7, but this will do.
“According to the statistics, Windows 7 with a share of 47.31 percent, continues to be the number one OS version followed by Windows XP which is still powering 29.53 percent of desktop computers worldwide.”
I can say I have both operating systems in the house.
Yeah, sometimes I miss "Bush2000" also. Sometimes.
I have had only one issue with 8.0 so far and that was after installing openvpn. It jacked the registry so I could not delete or modify nic devices correctly, something like that. I did an inplace reinstall and have been fine ever since. I do wish they could quite putting the banner on my screen to update to 8.1 though. If I can download the media I might do it, but I don’t want to get involved with their store.
I had to upgrade to 8.1 after my XP desktip died hard after many years of daily service.
Opened the case and the heat sink on the cpu was almost as big as a power supply itself.
For about $350 bought an ASUS T100 small tablet/laptop w/Windows 8.1 plugged in a monitor and keyboard in a docking arrangement and am impressed with the little bugger. Now I am mobile and can work from a McDonald’s but also can work on the desktop.
This is my second attempt to post with Vista.
My laptop hard drive went out a few months ago and when I went to replace it I couldn’t read the stupid verification code! My desktop is a home build with XP installed.
So I needed a new OS for both and from what I can gather, I would have to buy TWO licenses to upgrade both computers.
Well, I decided to try Ubuntu 13.10. It’s far more user friendly then I thought it would be and it allows me to do everything I need to do on a computer! Did I mention it was free?
I refuse to buy two licenses for my two home computers at a cost of $220+ dollars. To heck with Windows. They want to regulate and price themselves out of business....fine with me.
I’m no MSFT salesman, but from what I read above, four of the top five OS’s are Microsoft. Or five of the top six, if you consider 8 and 8.1 distinct.
Also, it looks like OSX edges out Microsoft’s big turkey Vista by only a teeny percentage — but their market share is approximately equal.
Facts are facts. That probably hurts a little if you’re an Apple fanboi. Especially the Vista thing.
I’m very happy with 7 on both my laptop and desktop.I’ll be skipping 8 just as I skipped Vista and ME.
“I couldnt read the stupid verification code!”
I recently installed a 2012 server and thought I was going to need a microscope to read that license code. I was about ready to shift to an ubuntu option right then and there.
The only reason I have windows running at home (other than it came with the PCs) is because Linux sucks at the games I like to play.
Either that or they don’t even offer the games for Linux.
When that changes so will I. :)
MS XP works. Apparently a big mistake for Microsoft.
It doesn’t crash. It doesn’t need support.
My “Win7” laptop was dying and purchased a gorgeous ASUS Ultrabook with Win8 with brushed aluminum chassis and Gorilla Glass cover. I immediately upgraded to 8.1 so no experience with Win8.
My ASUS 8.1 boots to desktop almost instantaneously - blazingly fast. In comparison, my old “Win7” laptop was on a slow boat to China. Painfully slow vs my new 8.1.
“In before the Microsoft vendors/salesmen find this thread and show up and tell us how Windows 8 is really great, its just we are too stupid to realize how great it and Bill Gates really are!!”
Obviously beat by the Linux/OSX/XP4life trolls to relay their rehearsed cliches about how no one uses Windows8, or how it cant be used without a touch screen, or some sort of other nonsense.
>> [XP] doesnt crash. It doesnt need support.
It doesn’t bring in revenue.
Therefore it must DIE!!!
“It doesnt crash. It doesnt need support.”
Wow...Well you go right ahead with that. I’m sure a 2001 Ford Taurus has similar god-like attributes.
And as support wains there will likely be a boat load of nefarious providers that will fill the void.
How long is Apple going to hang on to OSX?
Steam has started porting games to Linux.
XP is becoming a security risk so I replaced my FIL's XP with Linux Mint w/Cinnamon. I couldn't get it to work with my printer but he never prints anything so it doesn't matter. Mint runs nice on his old comp.
I’ve got no doubts that your 2001 Ford has some issues.
But my ‘69 Chevy Nova still runs fine.
I don’t need a “compass”, I don’t need “ABS”, I don’t need an “I-tunes plug-in”, I don’t need an OS that tries to “predict” what I want to do.
I can “Parallel Park”.
Win 8.1 is neither as good nor as bad as people claim.
I prefer Win 7. I use XP at work and Win 8.1 at home. They all work fine.
Granted I cheated a little bit, I use Start 8 on the home machine.
Love my little T100 too. Tried using the micro HDMI port to hook it up to my HDTV to watch a movie on iTunes over the weekend and it worked like a charm. Now I know that I can hook it up to a monitor and with a USB/bluetooth keyboard I’ll basically have something that functions like a full desktop computer if I ever needed one. The battery life is amazing too!
“Also, it looks like OSX edges out Microsofts big turkey Vista by only a teeny percentage but their market share is approximately equal. Facts are facts. That probably hurts a little if youre an Apple fanboi. Especially the Vista thing.”
It doesn’t surprise me at all. McDonald’s sells more burgers than Five Guys, or any other burger place.
As it turns out, they aren’t better. They are bigger. People like the sugar McDonald’s adds to their buns and to their meat.
Does that make them better? Nope.
Still, I’d prefer Five Guys or the local restaurant in town here... If that makes me a Five Guys fanboi, no problem.
I recommend a Targus 3.0 USB hub at Office Depot to increase your 3.0 USB to four 3.0 USB ports. About $55.
I have a Corsair Voyager 32gb USB stick for back up and use a keyboard, touchpad and can charge my phone on the remaining usb port.
Depends on how you define “operating system.”
I manage a bunch of websites, and Apple’s iOS is the operating system of choice for most visitors. About 37.3% of visitors to Allen West’s website, for example, are from iOS, and 34.6% are from Windows. Android is next at 21.4%, and Mac OSX comes in a mere 5.5% ...
Cool. I’m using the micro SD slot on the tablet for extra storage that I can dump to a standalone hard drive when it fills up. The 16GB card cost around $20 - you can get them with up to 64GB of storage but those get kind of pricey. Neat little machine!
Why don’t they just admit that with XP, they got it about right? They should start selling XP again, and keep supporting it.
Just got a monster of a new laptop Lenovo x230T I7 with 16 Gigs of Ram and 256 Gig SSD and 2 USB 3 ports.
And the deal killer if I could not get it was the ability to be downgraded to Windows7
Considering that iOS is a subset of OSX, probably a while. Also consider that OSX only runs on Apple hardware.
Windows 8.1 is forced on us when we buy a new computer. That isn’t selling, that is a monopoly that the manufacturers of pc’s are going along with for the most part. They have seen how the public hates Windows 8.1 and do offer Windows 7 but you have to look for it.
This weekend I watched a retired Nasa engineer attempt to give a PowerPoint presentation on a laptop that he bought recently. He fumbled around trying to find where his PowerPoint document was to launch it. He finally voiced his angry frustration that he spends most of his time now trying to find or do things on his new computer cursed with Windows 8.1. Most of the audience nodded or voiced their solidarity with him. I’ve known the guy for 30+ years and he is no dummy. Not a very glowing testimonial for a new computer operating system! To further underscore the problem, I had just completed a successful slide presentation using LibreOffice running on Linux.
Linux Mint is another to try.
Jeff, didnt you star in Away All Boats?
Kidding aside, I have to resolve the upcoming xp dilemma as well, two pcs with xp home. I have looked @ several Linux distros and am experimenting with Mint Xfce running persistence on a flash drive. Works good overall, except for special programming reqd on terminal. Cannot. get it to support one of my printers, no tax return software,slowww boot (flash?).
Will stay with xp on wifes pc, using sandboxie, returnil, vm sofrware. I believe MS security chicken little is overstated. If I encounter a crash & burn, I will get a refurbished Win 7. Win 8 is OUT! Btw, my android tablet works just fine, you know that Appleasshats dont want us glbal warming deniers investing in or with them. Sandraflukem.
I don’t know about Win8, but on Win8.1 you can choose to boot-up to the “Tile” start page or the classic Desktop.
I use a Surface Pro Tablet PC....love Windows 8.1 for touch and desktop use.
Maybe I can educate some of you about business:
Microsoft (and most everyone else) knows that tablets, smartphones and other devices are the future.
Microsoft also knows how reluctant people are to learn new things (just read any thread about Windows 8/8.1)
So, Microsoft is trying to converge the user experience of your smartphone, PC, tablet, Xbox, etc. into something similar and familiar.
That is long-term thinking that neither Apple nor Google have.
That is long-term thinking that neither Apple nor Google have.
The Linux guys thought of it 3 years before Microsoft, and encountered the same type of resistance.
In other words, Microsoft copied other computer innovators but didn’t bother to learn from the mistakes the innovators made.
I’m a solid Windows guy myself, loved XP, now love Windows 7, but Win8 was a bridge too far. Too bad you have to chuck the Metro GUI to get any decent value with the OS.
Yeah, but with Classic Shell you get a classic start menu and classic Explorer, things I am used to.
Maybe I can educate some of you about Microsoft: Sales of their mobile platforms are lagging, so they thought goofing up the non-mobile gui would help.
But it’s really not a problem with Classic Shell, and the underlying OS is excellent.
Actually, you need educating....again....
Microsoft's mobile platform is selling very well outside the United States.
The world of technology does not revolve around this nation alone.
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