Windows 7 still dominates – Windows 8 grows at expense of XP

The marketshare of Windows 8.1 has increased in Augustus, mainly at the expense of Windows XP. The data comes from Statcounter and Net Applications. According to Net Applications,  Windows XP’s market share decreased with 0.9%  to 23.9%. The amount of computers running Windows XP will likely continue to drop rapidly as Microsoft has dropped support for the OS.


Windows 8.1’s market share increased with 0.5% to 7.1%. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are measured separately by both companies, when Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are combined then the market share reported by Net Applications is 13.37%. Windows 7’s market share remained pretty much unchanged at 51.2%.

The reports from StatCounter show similar developments, they also report Windows XP market share dropped , by their numbers with 0.8% to 14.3%. StatCounter reports an increase of Windows 7  installations of 0.4% which brings the amount of computers connected to internet running Windows 7 to 55.7%.

According to StatCounter Windows 8.1 gained 0.7% and is now installed on PCs of 8.2% of all internet users. When the numbers of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are combined, Statcounter reports a 15.2% marketshare, more than Windows XP currently has.