Windows 7 still sits on over half of all desktops
Netmarketshare figures show Win 8.1 outperforming next-gen predecessor, but still lagging Win 7
Windows 7 continues to dominate desktop operating systems, accounting for just over half of the market, according to the latest figures from netmarketshare.com.
Windows 8 and 8.1 together grab 13% of PC installations, but 8.1, released by Microsoft as an appeasement to users appalled by the lack of a Start button in its predecessor, has now edged past Windows 8 to command 6.35% of the market, while Win 8 sits on 6.29%.
Microsoft's pensioned-off legacy OS, Windows XP is stubbornly holding on to over 25% of the market despite the security concerns arising from its patchless future.
Win 8 platforms are underperforming, but while traction for its touch-era darling may not be all Microsoft had hoped for, Redmond still owns 91% of the desktop zone, when including Windows Vista (2.9%), Windows NT (0.08%) and Windows 2000 (0.03%). Mac OS X in all its versions can still only muster a combined 7.38% and Linux makes do with 1.62%.
Since Windows 8.1 arrived it has quickly gained ground on its maligned cousin. Microsoft took time to come to terms with the fact that users did not want to perform casual tablet tasks with their Windows OS, but expected efficiency and productivity to reign. Once the Start button was reinstated sales may have picked up, but have a long way to go before reaching the install-base of Windows 7.