Much has been said of everything Microsoft’s modern operating systems bring to the table, and consequently much has been made of the overall adoption rates that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have raked up until now.
Well, with pretty much a year since debut of Windows 8, both versions combined are now nearing the notable 10 percent market share worldwide.
Windows 8 saw daylight back in October 2012, while Windows 8.1 was made available last month. And the newest statistics provided by market research firm Net Applications confirm that Windows 8 users have started moving to the new version of the operating system.
The cold hard numbers for the month of October 2013 confirm that Windows 8 actually witnessed a little dip in market share, with the share currently at 7.53 percent.
Windows 8.1, in the meanwhile, is quickly gaining ground. The new OS reached highs of 1.72 percent, up from 0.87 percent in September 2013. These numbers also indicate that there still are a lot of Windows 8 users that are yet to make the move to the new version.
Some may classify them as separate and distinct operating systems, but however classified, a double digit hold of the market is not too far off for Microsoft. Combined it currently sits at 9.25 percent.
Windows 7 is, without a hint of doubt, the top choice of computer users worldwide. The world’s most popular operating system is comfortably ahead of Windows XP — the aging operating system comes second with a share of 31.24 percent, just a smidgen down from figures revealed last month.