The Net Applications operating system market share data for June shows that Windows 8 has finally climbed above 5 percent market share. Meanwhile, the numbers for XP and Vista are slowing declining.
PCMag’s Stephanie Mlot reported, “Microsoft ended last week’s Build developer conference on a high note — increased Windows 8 market share. The operating system topped 5 percent market share in June, according to stats from Net Applications, finally eclipsing Microsoft’s Vista OS. Still, Windows 7 and Windows XP still rule, with 44.37 percent and 37.17 percent of the market, respectively.
The Next Web’s Emil Protalinski added, “The latest market share data from Net Applications shows that June 2013 was an impressive one for Windows 8, which gained 0.83 percentage points (from 4.27 percent to 5.10 percent) while Windows 7 fell 0.48 percentage points (from 44.85 percent to 44.37 percent).”
DailyTech’s Shane McGlaun commented, “Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, which has been out since October, hasn’t exactly been incredibly popular and has been pointed to as one of the reasons that the overall PC market is on the decline.”
Zach Walton with WebProNews observed, “Windows 8.1, which was made available in Preview form last week, is going to be incredibly important for Microsoft going forward. More and more people will start ditching their Windows XP machines sooner or later, and then they will start looking for a new machine. The rise in tablets means that they will probably go mobile and Windows 8.1′s support of smaller form factors means that it can sell cheap Windows 8 machines to consumers looking for a cheaper alternative to the iPad.”