Windows XP use drops fast; Windows 8.1 moves ahead of Vista in December's OS data

For the last few months, data collected from Net Applications showed that the use of Windows XP in PCs worldwide had remained nearly flat, with the numbers from November indicating its market share was set at 31.22 percent. Today, the firm updated its OS data for the month of December 2013 and the numbers showed that Windows XP use finally started to fall once again.

The firm's statistics indicate that Windows XP's market share went down to 27.84 percent last month, a huge drop of 3.38 percent compared to November. That has to be good news for Microsoft as it tries to get more Windows XP users to upgrade to Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 before it cuts off support for the over 12 year old operating system on April 8th.

Windows 8.1, which launched as a free update for Windows 8 users in October, is now used more than Windows Vista which launched in January 2007, according to Net Applications. The PC market share for Windows 8.1 went up to 3.50 percent in December, compared to 3.46 percent for Windows Vista. Windows 8 is still ahead of its newer version at 6.65 percent. Combined, the market share of Windows 8 and 8.1 is now at 10.15 percent, up from 9.3 percent in November.

Windows 7 is still the most used PC operating system in the world. Net Applications shows it commanded 49.26 percent of the market in December. That's well ahead of November's market share number of 46.64 percent.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications

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Windows 8.1 has been and expensive waste of time. Very dissappointed. I don't understand this trend Windows has of making their OS idiot proof. The whole point of using a computer is to learn. I can't learn if they take away all the controls. Now I can't even download files directly to the program's folder. This was a very convenient feature that helped me be more productive. Microsoft kepts upgrading their software by improving their pretty graphics and removing or eliminating features.

I am going to turn this Windows 8.1 to a linux box and buy a Windows Xp machine. I want my freedom back.

Happy with Windows 8 and 8.1 here, Peforms well for my tasks, hoping to upgrade in the future rest of household PC's all to Windows 8, but might be a while due to hardware upgrade requirements. Overall Modern Ui doesn't bother me on Desktop with keyboard and Mouse, lack of a start menu in Desktop, hasn't posed a problem since I upgrade to WIndows 8.0 on October 26th 2012, 8.1 right on day it came out officially.

Think if give 8.0 and 8.1 time more people will start liking it, and it will have a decent marketshare

This is the year of Windows 8! /s

We have 2700 XP machines to upgrade by mid February. I'd imagine Windows 7 numbers will increase significantly this year.

Reinstalled Windows 8 from a factory image on the HDD of a Toshiba Laptop for an acquaintance recently. Did not attempt to upgrade it to 8.1 after reading numerous posts relating to problems others were having with the process. Just added one of the numerously available free start menus (StartIsBack is my favorite, but is not free) and changed the user account picture, after doing Windows updates. Shame on Microsoft for not making 8.1 available through Windows Update, (or a real start menu for that matter) imagine they want people to familiarize themselves with the Windows Store. Recently acquired two new laptops as gifts for the holidays that had 8.1 preinstalled, so I still haven't had to deal with the Windows Store yet, and as of yet haven't figured on how to uninstall it. And by the way, 2013 was the year of Linux, the year of the Linux desktop has not materialized, yet. But just hold onto your hats, once Steam gets rolling and MS releases its new OS the worm may turn.

My dad is still using an old Compaq laptop (from 2005) and still on XP. He told me to download (buy) Windows 7/8. Told him the hardware isn't worthy of that upgrade :\

Why not? I'm running a 2002 Dell (with 2GB of RAM), originally with XP. Now, with Windows-7 32-bit. It runs beautifully. I have no intention of moving to Windows-8. Why? I'm using mouse, keyboard, and a non-touch 17" monitor. If and when MS comes out with an OS optimized for my hardware, I'll consider upgrading.

tsupersonic said,
My dad is still using an old Compaq laptop (from 2005) and still on XP. He told me to download (buy) Windows 7/8. Told him the hardware isn't worthy of that upgrade :\

You should have bought it when W8 was around $30, I bought a copy for my ancient Portege Tablet M400 and it runs smoothly.

TsarNikky said,
Why? I'm using mouse, keyboard, and a non-touch 17" monitor. If and when MS comes out with an OS optimized for my hardware, I'll consider upgrading.

Broken record.

tsupersonic said,
My dad is still using an old Compaq laptop (from 2005) and still on XP. He told me to download (buy) Windows 7/8. Told him the hardware isn't worthy of that upgrade :\

With the lower cost tablets and laptop in the $200-300 range, I happen to agree that investing in Windows 8 would be silly if you have to pay full price. (He should of done the upgrade when it was cheap last year.)

However if you have access to Windows 8, even on 2005 hardware, it will run faster than it does with XP.

TsarNikky said,
Why not? I'm running a 2002 Dell (with 2GB of RAM), originally with XP. Now, with Windows-7 32-bit. It runs beautifully. I have no intention of moving to Windows-8. Why? I'm using mouse, keyboard, and a non-touch 17" monitor. If and when MS comes out with an OS optimized for my hardware, I'll consider upgrading.

Weird, Windows 7 was optimized for touch and added in a long list of new touch driver and API sets.

Why on earth on you using Windows 7 with a mouse and keyboard, you should still be using DOS. /s


(It would be crazy to want a faster OS with more keyboard and mouse functionality and access to a new generation of Apps.)

Mobius Enigma said,
(It would be crazy to want a faster OS with more keyboard and mouse functionality and access to a new generation of Apps.)

Not to mention the improved multi-monitor support, one of the reasons I upgraded on my computer that happens to have a mouse and keyboard attached to it.

Fritzly said,

You should have bought it when W8 was around $30, I bought a copy for my ancient Portege Tablet M400 and it runs smoothly.
I have no doubts the laptop will run Windows 7/8 - that laptop doesn't hold a charge, defeats the purpose of portability. I would rather get him a new laptop that's slightly more powerful and holds a charge.

tsupersonic said,
I have no doubts the laptop will run Windows 7/8 - that laptop doesn't hold a charge, defeats the purpose of portability. I would rather get him a new laptop that's slightly more powerful and holds a charge.

In this case replacing the hardware is the best solution indeed.

tsupersonic said,
I have no doubts the laptop will run Windows 7/8 - that laptop doesn't hold a charge, defeats the purpose of portability. I would rather get him a new laptop that's slightly more powerful and holds a charge.

If you get him an i3, he'll see his performance skyrocket. That is.... obviously after uninstalling all the crap.

Jose_49 said,

If you get him an i3, he'll see his performance skyrocket. That is.... obviously after uninstalling all the crap.

Oh absolutely. I was thinking of getting him something nicer - i5/SSD/touchscreen/Win. 8.1, should be set for a while!

tsupersonic said,
Oh absolutely. I was thinking of getting him something nicer - i5/SSD/touchscreen/Win. 8.1, should be set for a while!

He'll be set ablaze

I love to see when Apple comes up with such nonsense, that their latest OS version's adoption rate was around 80 percent in the first two months and Windows 8 just had around some small percent, then when you compare real world data it shows that mavericks has the 80% of what Vista has, which is one of the most hated Windows version of all time.

drlacus said,
I love to see when Apple comes up with such nonsense, that their latest OS version's adoption rate was around 80 percent in the first two months and Windows 8 just had around some small percent, then when you compare real world data it shows that mavericks has the 80% of what Vista has, which is one of the most hated Windows version of all time.

You are confusing adoption rate vs install base. Microsoft has an install rate in Desktops much greater than Apple, but Apple has an adoption rate many companies can only dream of.

It is a case of one "newer dog" taking over an "older dog." And, has been observed before, Linus is now on the chart. That is a good sign, and should be a stern warning to Microsoft that they had best get their act together and repair the damage done to their flagship product, Windows, with the Windows-8.x debacle. With new senior management, we can only hope.

TsarNikky said,
It is a case of one "newer dog" taking over an "older dog." And, has been observed before, Linus is now on the chart. That is a good sign, and should be a stern warning to Microsoft that they had best get their act together and repair the damage done to their flagship product, Windows, with the Windows-8.x debacle. With new senior management, we can only hope.

I doubt 1.73% is a threat to Microsoft. People don't use Linux on the desktop. Period. There's no reason to. It has nothing of consumer value, and no, "games", isn't it.

And the only "damage" to Windows is in your head. There is nothing wrong with what Microsoft is doing with Windows 8. If you can't adapt to a new Start Screen, then I feel sorry for you when other operating systems start changing their UIs to something different.

TsarNikky said,
And, has been observed before, Linus is now on the chart. That is a good sign, and should be a stern warning to Microsoft that they had best get their act together and repair the damage done to their flagship product, Windows, with the Windows-8.x debacle.

I'm all for choice, competition and all that, but I wouldn't read too much into it.. Linux has been hovering between 1 and 2 percent for *years*. 8 really didn't do anything for them, neither did the "Vista debacle". SteamOS? Who knows, we'll see, I personally doubt much of a dent but you never know. Pretty sure (or at least I'd hope) management got the message though, can't swing a dead penguin without hitting a dozen negative Windows 8.x stories/threads.

Snake89 said,
I don't know if anyone else noticed this, but linux was added to the chart this time.

Oh my god it made it out of the "Other" category! 2013 was truly the year of the Linux desktop!
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siah1214 said,

Oh my god it made it out of the "Other" category! 2013 was truly the year of the Linux desktop!
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And it had to combine all of the Linuxes out there to create that little sliver, whereas the Windows and Mac OS X are by version. If they broke it out (Ubuntu, Redhat, Abobo, etc.), they'd be the Other under Other.

I'm surprised that Windows 8s market share only dropped 0.01%... Sounds like not everyone is updating to Windows 8.1 (which rised 0.8%).

TsarNikky said,
Those who "play" did upgrade, those with serious work to do didn't.

Right, so I guess I'm just playing with my computer running Windows 8.1. Don't tell my boss.

TsarNikky said,
Those who "play" did upgrade, those with serious work to do didn't.

Honestly I do not follow your logic: regardless if you like W8 or you do not W8.1 is a vast improvement compared to W8.

Fritzly said,

Honestly I do not follow your logic: .

It's pretty easy. This stems from the bias that there are no productivity apps in the store.
Real productivity is on the desktop, thus most people using their computer for work have no need for the store.

Why are so many still on windows 8??? 8.1 has been available for a while and is free. Maybe MS should do another campaign on tv or something to build awareness. I couldn't imagine using windows 8 without the 8.1 upgrade, so I have no idea why those people are putting themselves through that nightmare

Agreed. However, some machines, such as Samsung laptops, have not had the correct drivers for 8.1 available until fairly recently. So at least the savvy users had not upgraded yet.

Every windows 8 machine I come across still has 8 and not 8.1. How exactly does 8.1 prompt you to install? Do you have to go to manually go the app store? If that's the case that's why. Nobody even knows it exists.

warwagon said,
Every windows 8 machine I come across still has 8 and not 8.1. How exactly does 8.1 prompt you to install? Do you have to go to manually go the app store? If that's the case that's why. Nobody even knows it exists.

It doesn't even prompt you. You have to know about 8.1 and update manually. You're right; no one knows it exists

Agreed. That and on the last 3 laptops I setup with Windows 8 out of the box it took over 24 hours to even show up as an update in the store.

AmazingRando said,
Agreed. That and on the last 3 laptops I setup with Windows 8 out of the box it took over 24 hours to even show up as an update in the store.

You don't need to wait. You just need to do all the update. There's close to a 100 to do. When it's up-to-date, the upgrade show up in the Store.

warwagon said,
Every windows 8 machine I come across still has 8 and not 8.1. How exactly does 8.1 prompt you to install? Do you have to go to manually go the app store? If that's the case that's why. Nobody even knows it exists.

It's because of the update. Many people don't do their update. If you are up-to-date, when you boot, it give you a banner that offer upgrade to 8.1.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

It doesn't even prompt you. You have to know about 8.1 and update manually. You're right; no one knows it exists

That's not accurate. Windows *will* prompt you from the main Metro screen with a large banner if you want to upgrade. If you follow the link, it will then take you to the Store. But you are not forced to upgrade.

No, that is incorrect. Windows 8.1 PREVIEW prompted you. I been through it. Windows 8.1 RTM, however, never prompts you. My sister's PC wasn't updated to 8.1 for months, and the banner never came up.

I am assuming you noticed the banner in the preview and you assumed it is the same for the final version as well. Unfortunately, it is not.

Considering the average consumer can't just hop to their local Best Buy, Walmart, or even Staples and pick up a Windows 7 machine, those big W7 gains are likely coming from large corporations upgrading from the soon-to-be retired Windows XP.

My workplace just ordered their first W7 work machine this year. Rolling out Windows 7 and replacing XP was our big "tech" advancement for 2013, so yes, companies are really late upgrading. And rarely do they upgrade to the absolute newest OS, so I can't say I'm surprised by W7's gains.

What really surprises me is the amount of people that haven't upgraded to 8.1. Even though 8.1 is free, my guess is that most don't know how to upgrade. It doesn't help that OEMs are still selling new companies with Windows 8 and not 8.1 pre-installed. My niece got a new laptop that was running just W8. Ugh, would it really kill OEMs to load the latest version of the OS?

It is bizarre, but maybe it suggests there is a good chuck of consumers who have never checked out the Windows Store (since this is the only way you'd notice there is an upgrade). Also if you don't do any other upgrades, I don't think that 8.1 will appear.

Sekyal said,
It is bizarre, but maybe it suggests there is a good chuck of consumers who have never checked out the Windows Store (since this is the only way you'd notice there is an upgrade). Also if you don't do any other upgrades, I don't think that 8.1 will appear.

That's not accurate. Upon login into Windows 8.0, my wife's Dell has shown the 8.1 upgrade option. This happens every so often, to prompt the upgrade, from the main Metro screen (e.g. without her going to the store).

Figure 8 Dash said,
Considering the average consumer can't just hop to their local Best Buy, Walmart, or even Staples and pick up a Windows 7 machine, those big W7 gains are likely coming from large corporations upgrading from the soon-to-be retired Windows XP.

My workplace just ordered their first W7 work machine this year. Rolling out Windows 7 and replacing XP was our big "tech" advancement for 2013, so yes, companies are really late upgrading. And rarely do they upgrade to the absolute newest OS, so I can't say I'm surprised by W7's gains.

What really surprises me is the amount of people that haven't upgraded to 8.1. Even though 8.1 is free, my guess is that most don't know how to upgrade. It doesn't help that OEMs are still selling new companies with Windows 8 and not 8.1 pre-installed. My niece got a new laptop that was running just W8. Ugh, would it really kill OEMs to load the latest version of the OS?

IMO, Microsoft made a bad call in placing Win8.1 in the store, rather than push it through to Windows Update - You know, the logical place where updates come from.

Dot Matrix said,

IMO, Microsoft made a bad call in placing Win8.1 in the store, rather than push it through to Windows Update - You know, the logical place where updates come from.

It is really a new year.... I agree with Dot Matrix...

Dot Matrix said,

IMO, Microsoft made a bad call in placing Win8.1 in the store, rather than push it through to Windows Update - You know, the logical place where updates come from.

I agree. If it was an update like a Service Pack rather than in the Store Win 8 would have been effectively wiped out by 8.1 by now. Seems rather stupid that 8 still has almost twice the share as 8.1

Dot Matrix said,
.....

% of Windows users who don't use Windows Update.
% of Windows 8 users who don't use Modern Apps.

A decision had to be made. I guess Microsoft thought more people would use the store than actually are.

Sekyal said,
It is bizarre, but maybe it suggests there is a good chuck of consumers who have never checked out the Windows Store (since this is the only way you'd notice there is an upgrade). Also if you don't do any other upgrades, I don't think that 8.1 will appear.

I had a user log in to her pc & it would not let her do anything, unless she installed the 8.1 upgrade. A forced upgrade is a big no no. Give the user the choice.

soldier1st said,

I had a user log in to her pc & it would not let her do anything, unless she installed the 8.1 upgrade. A forced upgrade is a big no no. Give the user the choice.

She must have initiated the upgrade prior, because there is no way it was forced onto users.

soldier1st said,

I had a user log in to her pc & it would not let her do anything, unless she installed the 8.1 upgrade. A forced upgrade is a big no no. Give the user the choice.

You don't HAVE TO do the upgrade. When you get the banner that propose you the upgrade, you only have the choice of going to the Windows Store. But when you're there, you can close the Windows Store without doing the upgrade.

Figure 8 Dash said,
Considering the average consumer can't just hop to their local Best Buy, Walmart, or even Staples and pick up a Windows 7 machine, those big W7 gains are likely coming from large corporations upgrading from the soon-to-be retired Windows XP.

Consumers can still buy a laptop with Win 7 easily. In the last year, I've sold tons of Lenovo and Acer Travelmate with a license and an upgrade disk to Win 8 Pro, but Win 7 Pro pre-installed.
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But then you still don't have to buy a brand PC, you can come see someone like me who will built you a custom PC with Win 7. We still exist, you know, and I'm not alone. Win 7 OEM is still available. Especially gaming rig, most of the gamer still want Win 7. In the last year, I've sold more Win 7 (70%) then Win 8 (30%).
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So far the only device I got with 8.1 pre-installed were Asus Transformer tablet. Sold a bunch of those for XMas. I'm sure it's just a matter of catching up. Laptop I buy right now, were built before 8.1.

This is awesome! Windows 8 may be sinking, but with 8.1 combined, it's rising! Windows 8.1 is the great proof that they did a good job in fixing the OS from Windows 8. Can't wait for Threshold!

Justin Luna said,
This is awesome! Windows 8 may be sinking, but with 8.1 combined, it's rising! Windows 8.1 is the great proof that they did a good job in fixing the OS from Windows 8. Can't wait for Threshold!

I'm not following your logic. 8.1 is rising just like 8.0 before it because its the OS being sold on new devices. 8.0 is now sinking because its no longer being sold. There is only one way to go and that is down. How does that proof that 8.1 fixed Windows 8?

Dont get me wrong, I love my Windows 8 devices and I think 8.1 is an improvement but I disagree with your reasoning.