THIS MONTH'S OPERATING SYSTEM statistics from Net Applications show that the spectre of Windows 7 is simply refusing to shift for Microsoft.
The wildly popular operating system shows no signs of slowing down its dominance with a 58.04 percent market share (+2.05).
A full two-point jump is quite an event in these parts at the best of times, but it's just embarrassing for an OS that has already been superseded.
Users are likely to be hanging on for Windows 10 now. The preview build of the upcoming platform is holding steady with just under one percent of the market.
Windows XP, meanwhile, continues its inevitable slump, although still at a far lower rate than one would expect for a defunct operating system. This month it sits at 16.94 percent (-2.21). Poor bedraggled Vista, with its even more painful death, is at 1.97 (-0.14), dropping below the two percent margin.
The outgoing flagship, which has hung upside down as a distress signal since inception, has taken the tiniest of jumps to 14.07 (+0.03). The split sees the latest 8.1 version up slightly at 10.55 (+0.06) and Windows 8.0 at 3.52 (-0.03).
These tiny changes in Windows 8.x represent the rather poxy state of affairs for what can fairly safely now be branded a Vista-shaped failure, and a resistance on the part of the public to embrace it so close to the launch of Windows 10.
Away from Windows, Mac OS X 10.10 had a healthy month at 3.96 (+0.41), with other versions of Mac OS X holding almost as much sway between them at 3.32 percent. Linux use was down slightly at 1.50 (-0.03).
The monthly stats from Netmarketshare are in the midst of some changes that, we are told, will give us even more insight as the year goes on.
In the meantime, expect to see more of the same until the late summer when Windows 10 is likely to take a huge chunk of the Windows 8 market - but a lesser drop for Windows 7 while enterprise customers decide whether it's safe to upgrade, free or not. µ
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