There is always something special about users that move to a retired platform, months after end of support. Such is the enduring popularity of Windows XP that it once again increased its market share.

As did Linux, by the way, lending credence to the talk that users and businesses are indeed evaluating their options when it comes to operating systems. The June 2014 statistics are in from Net Applications, and they paint a rather interesting picture.

It is not overly drastic, mind you, just something that confirms what many expected:



Windows 8, for instance, has lost users, and this resulted in a slight decrease in market share from the figures reported last month. That is, from the count of 6.29% in May to 5.93% in June.

Sure, one may make a case that some of these may have moved to Windows 8.1 or even Windows 7, but that is one way to put it. Another way of doing so is by taking a look at the corresponding figures for Windows XP and Linux.

The former actually gained a few more users last month, and is still the second most used operating system worldwide with a share of 25.31%.

While the latter also posted growth, with figures of 1.74% for this past month, compared to 1.62% in May. Which is a decent enough showing in the world of Linux, suggesting that at least some users are giving these open source alternatives a try.

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  • shinsenai

    Just for the sake of discussion, Mac OS X 10.9 also went down by 0.2%, you don’t even mention that. How do you factor that in your explanation? Couldn’t it be that the decrease in W8 is just due to upgrades to W8.1 and the increase in Linux comes from Mac OS X 10.9 users? Also the current Linux share is the same it was in December last year and smoothly follows a trend started years ago. Not sure how this “lends credence” to the rumours of businesses evaluating their options just now. Of course one can also make the case that Mac OS X users are moving to Windows, right?

  • Ray C

    I’m kind of shocked to see an article with this misleading title on it. Of course 8 is going to go down. It’s going to continue to go down as more and more figure out how they can move to 8.1. There should be no surprise about small movement in XP in either direction. These numbers are going to fluctuate from month to month depending on usage. It’s probably going to take a quarter or two for the retirement of XP to have any real affect. Microsoft does need to do a lot more to help people around the world move from XP to 8.1

  • Mike Greenway

    Everybody seems to forget that no report is 100% accurate. There is always an expected margin of error. Dig deeper and you may find that all of these assumptive conclusions could drawn from normal reporting error. Mountains from molehills. And, in statistics on month does not make a trend. Lets look at the last 12 months.

  • Chaser

    Seems like an anomaly to me. If this continues in the coming months, then I’ll be concerned, but I don’t see that becoming an issue.