with the release of Windows 8.1 in October, February was the fourth full month of availability for Microsoft’s latest operating system version. While Windows 8.1 is certainly growing steadily and eating into Windows 8′s share, the duo only managed to end 2013 with 10 percent market share, and so far in 2014 that number has barely budged.
The latest market share data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have gained a combined 0.10 percentage points (from 10.58 percent to 10.68 percent). More specifically, Windows 8 fell 0.25 percentage points (from 6.63 percent to 6.38 percent), while Windows 8.1 gained 0.35 percentage points (from 3.95 percent to 4.30 percent).
Meanwhile, Windows 7 slipped 0.18 percentage points (from 47.49 percent to 47.31 percent). Unlike in November, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have now done better combined than Windows 7 for three months straight, but the differences are minute.
Going back to earlier versions, Windows Vista fell 0.20 percentage points (from 3.30 percent to 3.10 percent). Windows XP meanwhile managed to regain some share after falling below the 30 percent mark at the end of 2013, increasing 0.30 percentage points (from 29.23 percent to 29.53 percent).