The latest research from Net Applications released on Friday showed that although it gained slightly, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 still didn’t gain as much as expected. The numbers reflect consumer and enterprise usage for users and show how operating systems are adopted.
The research numbers showed that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are gaining slower than industry analysts had expected. The numbers show that Windows in all its forms from Microsoft still is a dominating operating system among computers and desktop users around the world.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Numbers
The report from Net Applications showed that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 gained 0.36 percentage points in the report. The 8.89 percent to 9.25 percent growth showed that the new operating systems are still new on the market for users, but are slowly being adopted by them in both the consumer and enterprise levels.
In addition, Windows 8 actually fell for for one of the first times. Windows 8 went from 8.02 percent to 7.49 percent, which is a shocker. But, Windows 8.1 catapulted from 0.87 percent to 1.72 percent, which is a great sign for the adoption rate of the brand new operating system from Microsoft, which is one to fix Windows 8.
The report also showed that Windows 7 is also still gaining in the marketplace, which shows that Windows 7 is still a huge hit. The research numbers show that Windows 7 went from 46.39 to 46.42 percent. The rate of increase is smaller than overall expected by many analysts, but shows that Windows 7 in the workplace and for consumers is still the OS that many choose.
Other versions of Windows also were included in the report as well. Windows Vista went down 0.35 percent from 3.98 percent to 3.63 percent. Additionally, Windows XP went from 31.42 percent to 31.24 percent, which is good as customers are slowly moving away from Windows XP and into more recent operating systems from Microsoft. The numbers reflect that the Windows operating systems are still in flux from users, and the choices available to consumers from XP to 8.1 are still being chosen at all levels.
I think that these numbers are great for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. They show that Microsoft is gaining traction with consumers and is showing that XP is dying a slow death.