Windows 7 outgains Windows 8 market


The latest market share data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have gained a combined 0.62 percentage points (from 10.68 percent to 11.30 percent). More specifically, Windows 8 gained 0.03 percentage points (from 6.38 percent to 6.41 percent), while Windows 8.1 grabbed an additional 0.59 percentage points (from 4.30 percent to 4.89 percent).

Meanwhile, Windows 7 outgained them both by jumping 1.46 percentage points (from 47.31 percent to 48.77 percent). After Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 did better combined than Windows 7 for three months straight, their predecessor has come back with a vengeance.

Windows Vista fell 0.11 percentage points (from 3.10 percent to 2.99 percent). Windows XP meanwhile managed to drop a solid 1.84 percentage points (from 29.53 percent to 27.69 percent). Unfortunately for Microsoft, most of those users chose to go with Windows 7.

In 2013, Windows lost share every month except for March, July, and November. So far in 2014, Windows slipped a bit in January, gained in February, and took another 0.10 percentage points (from 90.84 percent to 90.94 percent) in March. OS X slipped 0.11 percentage points (to 7.57 percent), while Linux gained 0.01 percentage points (to 1.49 percent).


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