Windows 8 market share climbs to 8% while Windows 7 also gains

By on October 2, 2013, 9:30 AM
microsoft, windows, linux, windows 8, windows 7, market share, os x

Last month, Windows 8 hit a milestone in having its market share surpass every version of Mac OS X combined. According to Net Applications, this month Windows 8 has passed eight percent market share, with Windows 7 also seeing significant gains.

The gains to both Windows 7 and Windows 8 have come at the expense of Windows Vista, but more so to Windows XP, which lost a huge 2.25% of the market between August and September. Going on current trends it's likely Windows XP will drop below 30% next month, which will be for the first time in many years.

Net Applications: Operating system market share, September 2013

Operating System September 2013 Market Share August 2013 Market Share Market Share Gain
Windows 8 8.02% 7.41% 0.61%
Windows 7 46.43% 45.63% 0.80%
Windows Vista 3.98% 4.11% -0.13%
Windows XP 31.41% 33.66% -2.25%
Windows Other 0.99% 0.38% 0.61%
Windows Total 90.83% 91.19% -0.36%
Mac OS X 7.53% 7.28% 0.25%
Linux 1.64% 1.52% 0.12%

Overall, Windows' market share decreased slightly in September, which saw both Mac OS X and Linux gain a small percentage of the market.

Windows 8 market share is only going to grow, with the official release of Windows 8.1 coming later this month. Windows 8.1 will not only usher in a new range of Windows-based devices, but it will address a range of complaints that users had in regards to Windows 8. The free update will be available through the Windows Store on October 18th, the same day full retail SKUs will appear in stores.




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psycros psycros said:

"Last month, Windows 8 hit a milestone in having its market share surpass every version of Mac OS X combined. According to Net Applications, this month Windows 8 has passed eight percent market share, with Windows 7 also seeing significant gains."

Windows Seven "also seeing significant gains"? ITS GROWING FASTER THAN WINDOWS 8, LOL!

treeski treeski said:

"Last month, Windows 8 hit a milestone in having its market share surpass every version of Mac OS X combined. According to Net Applications, this month Windows 8 has passed eight percent market share, with Windows 7 also seeing significant gains."

Windows Seven "also seeing significant gains"? ITS GROWING FASTER THAN WINDOWS 8, LOL!

It's not surprising. Most of the computer deals going around are marked down W7 machines.

m4a4 m4a4 said:

"Last month, Windows 8 hit a milestone in having its market share surpass every version of Mac OS X combined. According to Net Applications, this month Windows 8 has passed eight percent market share, with Windows 7 also seeing significant gains."

Windows Seven "also seeing significant gains"? ITS GROWING FASTER THAN WINDOWS 8, LOL!

It's not surprising. Most of the computer deals going around are marked down W7 machines.

And at the end of the day, MS is still getting paid, so they don't really care :P

TheBigFatClown said:

Look at the percentage of market share for Windows XP + Windows 7. It's 77+%. Now tell me that Windows 8 even matters. LOL.

By the time Windows 8 reaches any sort of market share that actually makes it relevant. Hopefully, Microsoft will be talking about it's next major operating system release. One that doesn't assume their client is a monkey who can't make choices on their own. Thank you so much for that Julie. Making choices hurts my head. Thank God for Windows 8.

JC713 JC713 said:

I have a feeling Windows 8 may spike with the Battlefield 4 release since people running Windows 8 are getting better performance.

Guest said:

Strange figures,

Largest monthly gain-Windows other.

More than doubled-0.38 to 0.99................

treeski treeski said:

Strange figures,

Largest monthly gain-Windows other.

More than doubled-0.38 to 0.99................

Maybe server editions?

1 person liked this | Railman said:

I have a feeling Windows 8 may spike with the Battlefield 4 release since people running Windows 8 are getting better performance.

I have a feeling Windows 8 may spike with the Battlefield 4 release since people running Windows 8 are getting better performance.

What is pushing W7 is business having to update from XP. W8 is only making traction due to sales of new PCs in the consumer market. The PC gaming market can not be large enough to have that influence.

JC713 JC713 said:

What is pushing W7 is business having to update from XP. W8 is only making traction due to sales of new PCs in the consumer market. The PC gaming market can not be large enough to have that influence.

Yeah support for XP is ending in a few months.

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