Modern Windows Versions Nearing 10% Market Share Combined

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.

  • pirate78

    The graphic for the article is from another article…it seems.

    • Fahad Ali

      Aye, thanks for the notice. Swapped them back, and now it should display the correct one for each article.

  • Ray C

    I’m not surprised at all. When they hit 15%, I still won’t be surprised. Windows 8 had a couple months were it went up a percent or two in one month. There will be a lot less chatter from the peanut gallery this time around. Windows 8.1 has been much more well received, outside of the “It’s still not Windows 7” type bloggers.

    • Fahad Ali

      Agreed, and I think 20% combined will quite a lot of them up.