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.