Windows 8.1 almost doubled its share in October
As usual, at the beginning of each month, we return to statistics from Net Application to look at changes in market shares of operating systems. But this month we were surprised to find big jumps in the proportion of each version of Windows-minor changes that we used to see in other monthly surveys.
In particular, the percentage of using the latest available on the market version of Windows has increased from 6.67% in September to 10.92 percent in October. In other words, Windows 8.1 has almost doubled its presence on the market of desktop operating systems in just one month. Meanwhile, Windows 8 also grew, albeit more modest, from 5.6% to 5.8%. Together, both versions have reached a historic high of 16.72%.
And at whose expense has this growth occurred? Windows XP, the outdated operating system from Microsoft, showed an unprecedented decline from 23.87% to 17.18% or minus 6 percentage points within one month. And Windows 7, in turn, continues to break records, reaching a new high of 53.05%.
So what explains these radical changes in just one month? One possible reason may be associated with a real increase in the use of Windows 8.1 and with growing sales of cheap Chinese tablets and PCs, which have recently flooded the market.
However, one cannot exclude a mistake in the figures. In other words, it is possible that the share of Windows 8.1 and includes the Windows 10 Tech Preview as Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have the same User Agent.
Anyway, even if it’s true, Windows 8.1, leap from one month to the next is too large to take it all the way to Windows 10. Even the beta of Windows 7, which was known for its stability and reliability, has not reached such a high level of use in the testing stage. Therefore, the upgrade of Windows 8.1 is associated with two factors: the rapid adoption of Windows 10 Tech Preview and the advancement of Windows 8.1.
Unfortunately, there is no way to know what part of the increase corresponds to each version of the operating system, but this confusion will not last long, as the latest build of Windows 10 (build 9861 and above) show the User Agent that is different from that in Windows 8.1.
The only thing that’s clear is that Windows XP finally retreats, to make way modern operating systems such as Windows 7, 8 and 10.
From : WinBeta