Net Applications revealed statistics for operating systems and their market share with Windows 7 still holding a 60% lead over other operating systems including the Windows 8 and 8.1 from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).
As it turns out, Windows 8 and 8.1 have not received as much attention as anticipated. Windows 7 recorded a massive 60% lead over the market thus proving that many users still prefer to use it over the later more refined versions. The reluctance to migrate might be because many Windows users did not want to incur further costs in implementing a new operating system. Windows 7 had also rectified many features from the earlier versions of Windows operating systems thus most users saw no need to upgrade.
Another feature that might have contributed Windows 7’s popularity is the similarity with the Windows 8 system. The only significant difference is the applications on Windows 8. The tech industry has been experiencing rapid changes, and new machines have been introduced in the market. Most users have retained the Windows 7 system and acquired complementing devices such as tablets that offer a better application experience.
Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets have also been in the market for a while. In June, the popularity of Windows 7 grew by 3.22% to 60.98%. Meanwhile, Windows 8 dropped by 0.67% to an overall 2.90%. Windows 8.1 received a 0.24% boost to 13.12%. Both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 collectively commanded 16.02% of the market by the end of June.
The two have never managed to reach the 20% mark, and there is a chance that they might never be able to do so especially with the impending debut of the Windows 10 operating system. Windows 7 will most likely retain the crown for a while longer. Its popularity has been above 50% since May 2014 and has not fallen below that mark since then.
Mac OS X and Linux have been on the other end of the spectrum with 0.19% rise to a total market share of 7.54% for Mac OS X and 0.04% rise to 1.61% for Linux.