The software behemoth Microsoft suffered a sharp decline for its Windows 8 market since its launch last year. The main reason for this slip was a result of users upgrading to Windows 8.1. The customers also bought new PCs which made Microsoft reeling in the market, as per recent report from Net Applications.
Figures from the analysis depict that Windows 8’s market share were slashed from 8.02 percent down to 7.53 percent (0.49 percent drop). On the other hand, Windows 8.1 faced a massive hike from 0.87 percent to 1.72 percent, jumping 0.85 percent. That’s a solid start when you see Windows 8.1 wasn’t launched until the middle of the October.
Meanwhile, Windows 7 has been going with a steady pace with a growth of just 0.03 percent, from 46.39 percent to 46.42 percent. It is interesting to note that Windows 7 has grabbed more share than Windows 8 for the first time ever. Windows Vista completed the month with a minimal 3.63 percent market share. Windows XP finished with 31.24 percent while all remaining versions of Windows were responsible for 1.84 percent market shares.
While looking at the bigger picture, Windows OS were accountable for 90.66 percent of the market with Apple’s Mac came second with 7.73 percent and Linux collected 1.61 percent market shares.
A bit farther, stats of Windows 8.1 and OS X 10.9 Mavericks will certainly surprise us when the whole month of November is past. Users and analysts will be pretty curious to see whether consumers adopt Windows 8.1 at a brisk rate this holiday season in contrast to Windows 8 last year.