Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined gain only 0.05% in November

Windows 8 market share dropped from 7.49% to 6.66% this month, Windows 8.1 market share increased from 1.72% to 2.64%. Combined both Windows 8 versions take up 9.30% of the market which is only 0.05% more than previous months. The numbers, compiled by Net Applications, also show most Windows 8 users haven’t performed the free update to Windows 8.1 yet.


Growth of Windows 7 was even bigger, the predecessor of Windows 8 hasn’t lost its popularity and grabbed 0.22%. Its increase in market share is even  bigger than growth of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined. The operating system is Microsoft’s biggest success,, it still takes up more than 46% of the market.

The even older operating systems Windows Vista and Windows XP saw very slight drops. Vista saw a decline of 0.06% and XP only 0.02%, whether theses move over to either a Windows 7 or Windows 8 OS is unclear. Windows XP is still installed on a large amount of computers, more than 31% of all desktops and laptops are still on XP. Vista accounts for only 3.57% of the market.

Net Applications uses data captured from 160 million unique visitors each month by monitoring more than 40,000 website.