The popularity of Windows 7 continues to grow
The release of Windows 10 can give a strong boost to the PC market as Microsoft has decided to do a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 for 12 months after release. Thus, by the end of the year it is quite natural to expect a real «revolution» with a large number of upgraded to Windows 10 computers and less fragmented market than it is today. In the meantime, events in the Windows ecosystem are moving in a different and somewhat strange scenario.
New data from Net Applications as of end of Mar determine Windows 7 is most popular operating system (58.04%), whose share has even increased compared to the previous month (55.99%). In second place is Windows XP (16.94%).
The paradox lies in the fact that the first and second place is a version of the operating system that are no longer supported (Windows XP support ended a year ago, while the mainstream support for Windows 7 ended in January of this year).
Windows 8 and 8.1 together is 14.07% of the market, i.e. almost unchanged compared to the previous month; the share of Windows 8.1 has increased from 10.49% in February to 10.55% in March, while Windows 8 has fallen slightly from 3.55% to 3.52%.
The situation is unlikely to change significantly in the future as the popularity of Windows 8.1 if they will grow, primarily due to the sale of PCs and tablets in the next five months, after which 8.1 will give way to Windows 10.