WINDOWS 7 continues to dominate the battle of the operating systems with a rise of 0.35 percent to 58.39, while XP use takes the biggest dip to 15.93, down just over one percent.
That's according to the latest figures from Net Applications. These show an almost flat line from last month, but we thought it would be more interesting to look at the year-on-year stats. We’ve included month-on-month at the bottom for your reference.
So, one year after Windows XP reached its end of life its share of the market has dropped, but any hope Microsoft had of killing it stone dead has been quashed. It stands at 15.93, which is down 10.36 percent on its end-of-life standing, but shows that well under half of the holdouts have quit.
We know that in the UK alone there are large parts of the public sector that have failed to upgrade, and China still runs a lot of pirated XP copies which will be superseded by China's grand plan for 'dewindowsification' by 2020.
Windows 7 should have seen a drop as Microsoft continued to plug Windows 8. But, as businesses continue to choose Windows 7 Enterprise over Windows 8 to upgrade PCs, the market has grown by 9.12 percent to 58.39.
Windows 8, the company's current flagship operating system, has shown itself to be a dead duck. Use of Windows 8.x has grown a measly 2.5 percent to 14.07 in the year since XP was sent to the glue factory.
This is extremely embarrassing for Microsoft’s dreams of mass adoption, and the firm will make upgrading to the forthcoming Windows 10 free and easy. After all, Microsoft can't innovate if people are stuck on an old version of Windows because developers have to adapt.
It's a lesson learned from the great Windows Vista debacle, where driver compatibility for many devices was completely borked by the upgrade, and a frantic rush to rewrite for the new version emerged.
Windows Vista use tailed off quickly and was already down to just 2.89 percent last year, now standing at 1.95 (-0.94).
Away from Windows, it is interesting to note that, despite the claims in a readers’ poll last year that more users would move to Linux than take a Windows upgrade, use of Linux has actually dropped slightly, down 0.02 to 1.5 percent of the market, far from the revolution that some people predicted.
And for Mac users, the arrival of OS X 10 during the course of the year has actually brought a slight dip in fragmentation. Now claiming 4.23 percent of the market, compared with OS X 9's 4.07 percent this time last year, it is worth noting that people using old versions of OS X dropped by nearly a quarter of a percent (0.23) to 1.61 percent of the market.
Microsoft will be hoping that the free upgrade path that Apple has trodden of late will have the same effect in bringing users together under a single OS. With rumours of a July release date for Windows 10, we’ll soon find out. µ
April 2015 operating system share from Netmarketshare:
Windows 7: 58.39% (+0.35 from March 2015)
Windows XP: 15.93 (-1.01)
Windows 8.1: 11.16 (+0.61)
Mac OS X 10.10: 4.23 (+0.27)
Windows 8: 3.5 (-0.02)
Windows Vista: 1.95 (-0.02)
Mac OS X 10.9 and below: 1.61 (-0.1)
Linux 1.52 (+0.02)
Windows 10: 0.9 (no change)
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