Net Applications: Windows 7 surges higher in OS market share

On September 1st, the data from Net Applications showed that Windows 7 finally went ahead of Windows XP in terms of worldwide PC operating system market share. Today, the newly updated results show that Windows 7 adoption is taking off even faster.

The new results show Windows 7 with a 44.01 percent market share for September, compared to just 42.76 percent in August. Windows XP went down to 41.23 percent in September, compared to 42.52 percent from August. That means that Windows 7 adoption went up by well over a percentage point in just a month, while the use of Windows XP went down by over a full percentage point in the same time period.

This new data could show that businesses with lots of PCs are finally ditching Windows XP en masse for Windows 7. Microsoft has been strongly urging businesses to do exactly that for the past year or so, as official support for Windows XP is scheduled to end from the company in April 2014.

Windows Vista is still a distant third in these latest OS market share stats with 6.05 percent. Net Applications shows that Windows 8 is now being used by 0.33 percent of all PCs running in the world. That percentage should skyrocket after October 26th, when it will be released to the general public.

Source: Net Applications
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This just confirms the obvious--Windows-7 for business and Windows-8 for consumers. Pity, that Microsoft tried to make Windows-8 for both.

My guess is that after October 26th, Mac OS X 10.8 will see a big increase in worldwide percentage. I just can't imagine the average consumer embracing Windows 8 ... I've been using it for both testing and development for the past few months, and if consumers accept this, I'll be very, very surprised. I've never owned a Mac before, but after using the consumer previews of Windows 8 and Office 2013, my next laptop will definitely be a MacBook Pro (or Air) running Mac OS X.

If a consumer doesn't like Windows 8 on their new pc, they will either pay the store or some techie friend to put Windows 7 on it, just like it happened with previous Windows iterations. With every new Windows version that changes things there is talk of customers flocking to OSX or Linux. Doesn't happen, people with stick with Windows, its what they know. Sure some will switch, but than number makes no real difference to the Windows userbase.

Sadelwo said,
With every new Windows version that changes things there is talk of customers flocking to OSX or Linux. Doesn't happen

If I'm looking at the numbers from Net Applications correctly, OS X seems to have gained and Windows lost about 5 percentage points over the last few years... And a lot of usage has shifted to mobile devices where Windows remains a niche player at this point. Which is of course why Windows 8 is of such critical importance to Microsoft.

Sadelwo said,
If a consumer doesn't like Windows 8 on their new pc, they will either pay the store or some techie friend to put Windows 7 on it, just like it happened with previous Windows iterations. With every new Windows version that changes things there is talk of customers flocking to OSX or Linux. Doesn't happen, people with stick with Windows, its what they know. Sure some will switch, but than number makes no real difference to the Windows userbase.

A consumer who has an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV device (or all three) definitely has an added incentive now to purchase a MacBook instead of a Windows laptop ... this sort of incentive has never existed before during the release of any version of Windows in the past. Also, Apple was never the largest company in the world during any previous release of Windows. That sort of thing does make people think twice when making a new computer purchase.

CJEric said,

If I'm looking at the numbers from Net Applications correctly, OS X seems to have gained and Windows lost about 5 percentage points over the last few years... And a lot of usage has shifted to mobile devices where Windows remains a niche player at this point. Which is of course why Windows 8 is of such critical importance to Microsoft.

Please don't confuse US numbers with global numbers. Apple has been selliing well in the USA but certainly NOT here in Asia. They only ship 12 - 14 million Macs a year and with Windows 8 coming out their designs will soon look stale.

FACT: Globally there are already more Windows 8 users than there are OSX 10.4 users.

sabrex said,

A consumer who has an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV device (or all three) definitely has an added incentive now to purchase a MacBook instead of a Windows laptop ... this sort of incentive has never existed before during the release of any version of Windows in the past. Also, Apple was never the largest company in the world during any previous release of Windows. That sort of thing does make people think twice when making a new computer purchase.

With Windows 8 every business in the world will be looking at Windows Server, Windows Lync, Windows 8 PCs on the desktop, Windows 8 Surfaces in the briefcase and Windows 8 phones in every pocket. This opportunity was never here before either. This is several million billion percent bigger than iPhones and iPads. Although I'm sure the 3 guys who have Apple TV will be very pleased.

Win 8 is now on 0.33%, and not 0.30%. I guess they already updated it again since the article was written. Quite impressive for an OS thats not even available to consumers yet. It's already more than OSX 10.4 of Windows 2000. I'd bet within 24 hours of release it will surpass Linux on 1.11%.

NoClipMode said,
Win 8 is now on 0.33%, and not 0.30%. I guess they already updated it again since the article was written. Quite impressive for an OS thats not even available to consumers yet. It's already more than OSX 10.4 of Windows 2000.

Not available to all consumers != not available to consumers.

n_K said,

Not available to all consumers != not available to consumers.

I know MSDN and technet subscribers can get it, but they will mostly be developers and businesses evaluating it. I meant average consumers. Theres no PC's on sale with Win 8 yet.

NoClipMode said,
Win 8 is now on 0.33%, and not 0.30%. I guess they already updated it again since the article was written. Quite impressive for an OS thats not even available to consumers yet. It's already more than OSX 10.4 of Windows 2000. I'd bet within 24 hours of release it will surpass Linux on 1.11%.

From what I understand Windows 7 had more marketshare one month before release. Not that it matters. The larger group that will get access to Windows 8 in one month has little to no correlation with those that currently have access.

I'd even argue that Windows 8 can count on more support from the mainstream consumer then from the tech community. Not that I expect Windows 8 to be an overnight hit. There will be a large outcry and many tech sites will jump at every opportunity to disgrace WIndows 8. It will be word of mouth that will help sell what I've come to consider an innovative OS.

NoClipMode said,
Win 8 is now on 0.33%, and not 0.30%. I guess they already updated it again since the article was written. Quite impressive for an OS thats not even available to consumers yet. It's already more than OSX 10.4 of Windows 2000. I'd bet within 24 hours of release it will surpass Linux on 1.11%.

and the best thing Windows 8 is missing its best input method (saving grace) with the current hardware available for running it.

NoClipMode said,
Win 8 is now on 0.33%, and not 0.30%. I guess they already updated it again since the article was written. Quite impressive for an OS thats not even available to consumers yet. It's already more than OSX 10.4 of Windows 2000. I'd bet within 24 hours of release it will surpass Linux on 1.11%.

But its the year of the Linux desktop, I can feel it.