Windows XP Lost Users In July 2014, As Did Windows 8, 8.1

Windows XP Lost Users In July 2014, As Did Windows 8, 8.1

The new month dawns, bringing both good news and bad for Microsoft. A number of Windows platform have lost users, including Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Essentially almost all current versions of the operating system out there.


Statistics from the market research firm Net Applications reveal that Windows 7 was the big winner in July 2014, as there is clearly a bit of a pattern going here — users are rapidly changing their operating systems by either upgrading or downgrading.

Windows 8.1 for instance, dipped to 6.56% last month, down from the figures of 6.61% in June 2014. This is one flavor of the operating system, almost everyone would have pegged for growth.

Windows 8, however, registered the slightest of declines, going from 5.93% to 5.92% last month.

But importantly, Windows XP continues its collapse, dropping from 25.31% two months ago to the new low of 24.82% in July. Still a long way to go before the majority of users upgrade to a newer version of the operating system, but at least there is a trend.

Even if the pace is really slow.

Windows 7, on the other hand, is doing a lot better, and finds itself installed on around 51.22% of desktops the world over. The Windows XP end of support has been kind to the platform.

It has steadily increased its market share going from 49.27% in April to 50.06% in May, and then another major upsurge of 50.55% in June 2014.

  • Ray C

    This doesn’t really matter. We’ll see some months where 8.1 grows. Of course 7 grew. People are still in the middle of their 7 transitions. But Microsoft does need to kick up it’s marketing of Windows 8. They’ve laid off it too much over the past few months

  • Lars

    XP switching to 7 for the time being, then eventually will head towards Windows 8 or 9. I wouldn’t worry about the slight dip in Windows 8 yet.