’s Windows operating systems have held a relatively consistent market share for the last year--91.67% in October 2012 and 91.19% in August 2013--but there’s been a good bit of shakeup as it pertains to the various versions of Windows.
According to data compiled by NetMarketShare, Windows 8
has climbed to 7.41% market share, up from 0.41% less than a year ago and from 5.4% just last month. For comparison, Vista has dropped to 4.11%; Windows 8 surpassed it this summer.
has held relatively firm, creeping up slightly from 44.69% to 45.63% from October to August. Windows XP is winding down; it’s dropped to 33.66% market share. Less than a year ago, it was at 40%.
To put it succinctly, Windows 8 is the only Windows operating system that has significantly gained market share in the last year. Windows 7 is holding steady, and Vista and XP are dropping. Thus, Windows 8 is getting some traction. It’s been rather slow-going, but we’re finally starting to see some significant adoption.
It’s likely that the spike has to do in part with the release of the Windows 8.1 preview this summer
as well as a slew of back-to-school PC purchases in August, so it’s hard to tell if this sudden increase in market share is a mirage or something more permanent. Of course, the holidays are quickly approaching, so it’s likely that, at least for the next several months, Windows 8 market share will continue to ascend.