We know that Windows Phone 8 moved 10.9 million handsets during the fourth quarter of 2013 and by doing so saw a year over year growth of 104% for the platform. But how’s Windows 8 doing? Some new numbers out from Net Applications show how Windows 8 (including Windows 8.1) are doing when compared to other platforms like Windows 7, Windows XP, OS X, and Linux. Time to see check out the current market share for desktop operating systems.
What’s the latest? Here’s the breakdown for operating system market share worldwide for the month of January 2014
- Windows 8.1 – 3.95%
- Windows 8 – 6.63%
- Windows 7 – 47.49%
- Windows Vista – 3.30%
- Windows XP 29.23%
- OS X – 7.68%
- Linux – 1.60%
It’s actually pretty surprising to see such a high number of users still on Windows 8, especially because Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade available to all users. Either way, if we combine the numbers for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 we have 10.58% market share for the latest and greatest version of Windows. That’s not at all bad when you consider the reluctance of Enterprise to upgrade and those users still clinging onto Windows XP. That's also up from the 9.3% of the market it controlled at the start of December.
That also means that Windows 8/8.1 has a higher share than OS X and Linux combined. Of course we’re looking at desktop operating systems and the picture isn’t so pretty for Microsoft when we look at the mobile landscape.