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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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