Windows 8 gains market share as XP drops slightly

 

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Desktop Usage Share: August | July

Each month, the folks over at Net Applications keep tabs on the usage share of various operating systems based on their wide network of meta data. And seeing that the month of August is now behind us, we can take a look at the usage share for desktop operating systems for that month.

The two charts you see at the top of this post are for the month of August (left) and July (right). Based on this data, we can conclude that Windows 8 and 8.1 have grown slightly in the number of users who are actively using the platform while Windows XP has dropped roughly one percent during the last month.

During the same time period, Windows 7 usage remained flat which means that those who have left Windows XP have either gone to Windows 8, or possibly to rival platforms.

It is important to remember that these figures represent usage share of devices that are connected to the web. While it seems a bit crazy to have a machine that does not connect to the Internet, there are good reasons for not plugging in to the web and as such, those machines are not accounted for in this data.

Microsoft will surely be pleased by the fact that XP has dropped and that Windows 8 is on the rise. But, with Windows Threshold right around the corner, we will be curious to see if Microsoft is able to make a dent in the Windows 7 portion of the pie.

Source: Net Applications

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.89% increase in a single month is not a slight increase or decrease. When you're talking about over 1.8B computers in the world that means around 16 million people left Windows XP and 16 million people got Windows 8.x PCs in a single month.

Wow windows 8.1 gainer 0,13% and 8 0,3% !!! This is in the margin of error, hard to believe people keep 8 after seeing the GUI...

Strange that the market share of Windows 8.0 is still growing, while 8.1 has been on the market for quite a while now.

Wait, there is a decrease in windows 8 with an increase in 8.1 and MacOS. So this could be translated in people upgrading 8 to 8.1 while XP users move to MacOS.

Ignore that last post until I can delete it. Should not be posting on figures I read on a small screan while laying sick in bed. Oops... ;-P

Right, it actually looks like both 8 and 8.1 went up, while 7 went down a little and XP dropped. So it appears the missing XP users bought new Windows 8 devices.

Good analysis. However, one should take note of the following sentence, especially in regards to "rival platforms,"

During the same time period, Windows 7 usage remained flat which means that those who have left Windows XP have either gone to Windows 8, or possibly to rival platforms.

Windows-9 could be a major player. We'll see how well Microsoft listened and responded to the UI mess of Windows-8.

With all the "Windows XP should DIE..." comments It is worth noting that Microsoft was selling Windows XP as recently as 2010, after they stopped selling Vista and after Windows 7 was released.

Microsoft is rather up front on their OS support dates, such as Windows 7 support ends but patch support for another 3. Anyone still buying XP was doing so against MS's recommendations.

XP does need to die, for the average user its a buggy and ill running OS that is typically open to becoming a zombie and so poses issues to the rest of the internet. If you cannot afford to buy a new PC or even upgrade your OS when MS offered 8 for $25 then just load the latest ubuntu. XP can be locked down but 90% of the installs out there are not.

There are 10's of millions of systems operated daily that is not internet connected. Military has half their systems connected, governments have a third of their systems connected and less depending on the classifications handled. Private industry has many systems off network for confidential reasons too, financial, IP, legal, labs etc. My customer for instance has around 50k systems not physically connected and this is a drop in the bucket.

I really don't think MS are going to be that pleased, this should have been the best month all year for Windows sales, as it's back to school/college time.

This time last year Win 8 climbed by a whole 2%, this year it can barely manage .9%, and the fact Windows 8.0 has gone up by nearly as much as 8.1 this month tells me there's a lot of old stock that's been shifted.

According to Net Applications' own data, since October of last year, Windows has gained 1 point of market share--from 90.66% to 91.58%. Mac has lost 1 point (7.73 to 6.74). And Linux has stayed about the same--under 2%.

Darkthunder said,
And Windows 7 is still holding strong, at over 50%. A drop of 0.01% from July to August.

That's good, and bad. My take is that most people are on a secure, stable OS, but at the same time, it means deployments have stopped. It should decrease as Threshold appears on the market.

68k said,
I feel sorry for all those forced to use Vista.

Why? There's nothing wrong with it, and it's still being supported with security updates.

Dot Matrix said,

Why? There's nothing wrong with it, and it's still being supported with security updates.

It's a slower OS. There is nothing wrong with it, a vista machine actually performs better on windows 8. I was about ready to replace my vista desktop when I had the chance to spend $15 on the windows 8 upgrade I jumped on it. Potentially adding at least 5 more years before it needs to be replaced.

Decebalvs Rex said,
If I remember... I loved Vista 4x times more than 8.1 on arrival.

Vista was a breath of fresh air compared to XP.

Dot Matrix said,

Vista was a breath of fresh air compared to XP.

Vista is also a breath of fresh air compared to windows 8.

I'm afraid it ain't just China that is using XP in large chunks, I still know far more people with an XP machine than an 8/8.1 machine.

Windows XP will still be the top OS in China 2 years after they "ban" Microsoft products and make their own OS. Just watch.

rcm said,
I'm afraid it ain't just China that is using XP in large chunks, I still know far more people with an XP machine than an 8/8.1 machine.

Same here.

I know WAY more people on XP than Windows 8. For the few that I know that HAD (notice past tense) Windows 8, they've downgraded to Windows 7!! :)