Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Market Share Of Windows 7, XP And 8.1 Rises, Windows 8 Falls

Even though the Windows 8 operating system is approaching nearly two years after release, it seems that many of the computer users are reluctant to do the Windows 8 transfer. This operating system virtually has no hope of becoming as popular as an operating system that was released in the year 2001. Despite the fact that the Windows XP operating system is no longer supported, the market share of this OS stands at 25.31% as of previous month. That is an increase from 25.27 percent from May. In the mean time, the market share of Windows 8 desktop operating system is just 5.93%, which is a drop from 6.29% in the month of May.

Even though the Windows 8 operating system is three years old, Windows 7 is by far the most popular desktop OS in the world and it occupies over half of the pie with a market share of 50.55%. This is a rise from 50.6% in May. Good news for Microsoft is that the popularity of the Windows 8.1 operating system is rising, but not by much. The market share of Windows 8.1 rose from 6-35% to 6.61% in June. There are likely two main releases for Windows 8’s fall. The conventional Windows users were much dissatisfied with the Metro interface and the missing Start button in the Windows 8 operating system. This has made many of the users who have done the Windows 8 transfer dissatisfied.

Numerous complaints were posted in the Windows support forums regarding the missing Start button in Windows 8 and it seems that Microsoft has heeded the complaints of their users. To resolve the complaints in the Windows 8 OS, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 and apparently, the users like Windows 8.1. OEMs are mostly selling computers loaded with Windows 8.1 as opposed to the Windows 8 OS. Considering that Windows 8.1 is a free update for the current Windows 8 owners, it is only natural that Windows 8 users would be taking advantage of the freebie.

 Nevertheless, the usage numbers of both Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 are small and it seems that it will remain that way for the duration of their existence. If you wish to know more on the market shares of different operating systems from Microsoft, you can contact the Windows support number. 

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