Windows 8 market share up slightly in May; Windows 7 gains ground

Windows 8 is slowly but sure gaining market share on PC's worldwide, but the latest numbers from research firm Net Applications shows that Windows 7 also managed to be installed and used on more hard drives as well.

Net Applications's website shows that worldwide, Windows 8 was installed on 4.27 percent of all PCs in May, compared to 3.84 percent in April. For the first time since Windows 8 was launched, Net Applications's numbers for the OS are not fragmented into three sections (Windows 8, Windows 8 Touch and Windows RT Touch) which makes checking their data a little easier.

Windows 7 still leads the PC operating system pack. In May, it was installed on 44.85 percent of all PCs, according to Net Applications, and that's up slightly compared to 44.72 percent of PCs in April. Windows XP, now less than a year away from its support cut off date, was installed on 37.74 percent of PCs in May, down from 38.31 percent in April. It seems clear that Windows XP will still be used by quite a few PCs when Microsoft's support deadline of April 8th, 2014 arrives.

Windows Vista's market share keeps going down, but for the moment it is still ahead of Windows 8. Net Applications claims that in May it was installed on 4.51 percent of PCs worldwide, down from 4.79 percent in April.

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However, Internet Explorer 10 gained 3,24 percent and is now on 9,26, compared to 6,02 in April. That's a big improvement!

And meanwhile, Internet Explorer 9 has losed 25% of it's marketshare in 3 months time (that's 5% of the overall marketshare). With that, Internet Explorer grows to 55,99% marketshare.

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Dot Matrix said,

All the wrong spots? No, they're hitting all the right spots common with all modern operating systems. I used to be the same way, but this isn't 1998 anymore. Usage habits have changed, and "traditional" setups don't exist anymore. It would be foolish to pretend that they do.

I don't think these figures support the assertion that "traditional setups don't exist any more". Or justify a move away from supporting WIMP desktop systems at the present time.

Windows XP, now less than a year away from its support cut off date, was installed on 37.74 percent of PCs in May, down from 38.31 percent in April.

Did you not read that line? It's DOWN .57%

Add Start8, ModernMix and Decor8 and Windows 8 start to be useful. That's what I did and I like it. It's like having Win7 but better (with all the Win8 enhancement under the hood).

oh... go play outside, it's not heaylthy hanging around in the basement all the time....

These numbers maker sense. XP is being discontinued, and companies move on to the next proven thing, Win7.
Maybe smaller companies will pick up Win8, but that will show at the end of this year.
And all numbers for IE9 and lower are being lowereed in favir of IE10, and with Win8.1 IE11.

Nothing special I guess.

But but... I thought windows 8 sold 100 million licenses? and it still hasn't even reached Vista yet?

How embarrassing.

Order_66 said,
But but... I thought windows 8 sold 100 million licenses? and it still hasn't even reached Vista yet?

How embarrassing.

According to Statcounter, Windows 8 passed Vista yesterday. Next up, OSX. How embarrassing... for Apple.

ModernMech said,

According to Statcounter, Windows 8 passed Vista yesterday. Next up, OSX. How embarrassing... for Apple.

Apple market share ha never been higher than MS current OS. MS OSes always compete with their predecessors. This is the problem when you are the top dog. What I find impressive is XP market share; less than one year to the end of support and still above 30% and dropping very slowly.

I have a Win8 license, but I still use Win7 because I found Win8 to just be too many issues for no noticeable improvement. The complicated and completely unintuitive UI changes just made Win8 less desirable for me and not worth the hassle I faced getting necessary hardware drivers for my computer to install correctly.

and to add to your comment, I did install 8 on this laptop, went to toshiba for my sound system driver and I had absolutely NO hi-def sound anymore. So, delete the hard drive and re-installed Windows 7 with realtek HD sound drivers with MAXX sound and I'm in wonderful music heaven.

So Windows 8 can't possibly be the OS for everyone.

It is to be expected that Windows-7 would gain (significant) ground. Windows-8 is a loser, except for tablet users. XP users are certainly not going to move to Windows-8; but, instead will upgrade to Windows-7. Basically, Windows-8's increase mainly reflects its usage on tablets. (It is hardly a serious OS to be considered by traditional users in traditional settings for traditional operations.)

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