Skip to comments.Windows 8.1 finally passes Windows 8 in market share, Windows 7 climbs back over 50%
Posted on 06/10/2014 1:32:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
May was the seventh full month of availability for Microsofts latest operating system version: Windows 8.1 continues to grow slowly while Windows 8 remains largely flat, allowing the former to finally pass the latter in market share. At the same time, Windows 7 has managed to climb back over the 50 percent mark, while Windows XP still has more than 25 percent of the pie, despite support for the ancient OS finally ending in April.
The latest market share data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have gained a combined 0.40 percentage points (from 12.24 percent to 12.64 percent). More specifically, Windows 8 slipped 0.07 percentage points (from 6.36 percent to 6.29 percent), while Windows 8.1 grabbed an additional 0.47 percentage points (from 5.88 percent to 6.35 percent).
Windows 8, which saw its biggest gain in August at 2.01 percentage points and its biggest loss in November at 0.87 percentage points, continues to slip. There are still computers being sold with Windows 8, but Microsoft is encouraging the upgrade path to Windows 8.1 by making it just a free download away for Windows 8 users.
Meanwhile, Windows 7 managed to grab an additional 0.79 percentage points (from 49.27 percent to 50.06 percent). Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 usually do better combined than Windows 7 does, but some months the opposite happens, and May was one of those instances. It should surprise nobody if Microsoft ends up struggling to woo users off Windows 7 one day, just like the current headache it is experiencing with Windows XP.
Going back to earlier versions, Windows Vista managed to gain 0.01 percentage points (from 2.89 percent to 2.90 percent). Windows XP meanwhile dropped a solid 1.02 percentage points (from 26.29 percent to 25.27 percent). Unfortunately for Microsoft, that drop is nowhere near as large as it should be.
In 2013, Windows lost share every month except for March, July, and November. So far in 2014, Windows slipped in January and April, gained in February and March, and now gained 0.19 percentage points (from 90.80 percent to 90.99 percent) in May. OS X fell 0.23 percentage points (to 7.39 percent), while Linux gained 0.04 percentage points (to 1.62 percent).
Net Applications uses data captured from 160 million unique visitors each month by monitoring some 40,000 websites for its clients. StatCounter is another popular service for watching market share moves; the company looks at 15 billion page views. To us, it makes more sense to keep track of users than of page views, but if you prefer the latter, the corresponding data is available here (mobile and desktop operating systems are combined).
I need a new laptop, and am torn between an Asus and an Alienware, both are around $1000. Not much care between Windows 8 or 7, since I think Windows 8.1 (free update) fixes most of the problems (start menu anyone?)
Leaning towards Alienware, just based on how cool it looks, but the screen is a mere 14”. The Asus has an ideal 15.6”.
I take it you don’t like the Surface Pro ( a combined laptap/tablet)?
This can’t be. I’ve been told that Microsoft is a thing of the past. For like 20 years. LOL.
No. I need something with a lot of memory (music), relatively powerful processing power, and I absolutely need a disc drive. I have an HP now, but its beast-size has led to it falling apart.
Windows 8 is horrible.
RE: Windows 8 is horrible.
You have to be thankful it’s going away. The next question is, is the updated version Windows 8.1 much better?
Windows 8 is horrible.
I have a Windows 8 computer in front of me and Windows 7 one to my right ,THERE IS VERY LITTLE DIFFERENCE !!!!!!!!!!
I’m trying to find a W7 upgrade from starter to home edition. All the ones I’ve read about the people who bought an upgrade disc get error messages saying it’s invalid (Amazon) - where can I get a home edition that is safe?
I had Windows 8.
I was given a choice, I could be dipped in hot tar and set on fire to get upgraded to Win 8.1 or just keep Win 8.
The blisters are healing quite nice.
The cognoscenti would have us believe that everyone (or at least everyone who really matters) uses a Mac.
Or everyone who doesn't matter keeps using Windows and bitching about it.
THE only reason Windows 8 has any share is it is forced onto the OEM computers.
Maybe I'm Old Skool, but I have yet to find a windows 'upgrade' that was stable. I would recommend finding a wrecked win7 box and snabbing the numbers of of it - then borrow or copy a Win 7 OEM disk, rub off your box and start over using the new number... You will have a clean installation.
You want to avoid the Klingons Alienware software. It is buggy and their tech support agents are very mean.
The cloud people use Macs.
Yeah, I have heard as much. Any idea what MSI is like?
A rousing 7.39%??!!??
And the delusional Mac users keep mumbling their absurd "get a mac!," to every complaint about MS Windows 7 or 8.1...
Bwa ha haaaa!
Wow! Thanks for that! I had no idea these were available. Been slip'ing my own since hector was a pup... : )
Guilty as charged. It’s NeXTSTEP on steroids.
Well thanks. It’s not that easy. All I have is a notebook with W7 Starter. I have a spare hard drive I bought thinking I could find a W7 somewhere and then use it.
Buy a USB can for your spare drive (turns it into a USB external drive) so you can hook it to your current machine and back your stuff off of it (oughta have backup anyhoo). Then what I said is golden. Gotta get your stuff off to do what I say, though, because if you rub it off, you'll lose anything there is on the machine.
Might want to find a geek or guru to do it for you, as if it were me, I would want to preserve the restore partition on the internal drive for when you want to sell it - then you can restore it back to factory and keep the Win7 Home Prem for some other time...
All you have to do is boot off the oem disk, format the partition that windows is currently on, and tell win to install there... Might have to go get drivers to install to get it all working, but it is all pretty painless, take about an evening to do...
Too bad y'all ain't close by... About twice a week I have one buddy or another show up with a cold pack of PBRs under his arm wanting just such a thing.
I looked on Amazon and the complaints are when people bought the upgrade it error’d out saying it was no good. What they were selling was CD’s for people who load pc’s to sell so they had the license. MS doesn’t sell the original disks anymore. If I borrowed one (which I tried) it said it wasn’t good either since somehow the hard drive is registered(?) - so what if someone bought a new hard drive? They’d be out of luck. MS is nasty.
Any computer repair shop can get you Win7. Home Prem runs about 90-125 US,,, As I recall, you are an Ozzie gal, but no doubt there is the equivalent of a back alley shop or redneck engineer thereabouts who should know how, and can order you up an OEM disk which will give you the key too... Ozzies are no different than Americans when it comes to rugged individualism, so I find it hard to believe there is no one there who knows how... Tho it might be the vegemite effecting their sensibilities :)
I don't know about 'registered HDD' - I do this kind of thing all the time, and never ran into it, unless you are talking about the hard drive being encrypted, which can still be done... Just would have to zero the drive out completely.
Lastly, look into MS 'Anytime Upgrade' - I don't know if you must upgrade to Win8 or if you can upgrade to a better Win7, but that is all done electronically.
I really don't want to suggest it tho, because I generally hate 'upgrades'.
You might note upthread that my first advice was to kype the numbers from a wrecked Win7 box.
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