Windows 8.1 is the latest version of the Windows platform at the moment. However come 2015, Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 10, but in the meantime how are Microsoft’s other builds doing? It seems that according to the latest figures by Net Applications, it turns out that despite Windows 8.1 being the latest version, the majority of Windows users are still running Windows 7.
As you can see in the pie chart above, 52% of the operating system market comprises of Windows 7. Coming in at second place is Windows XP at 23.87%, and coming in at third place is Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 with a combined market share of 12.26%, with the remaining market share going to OS X, Linux, Windows Vista, and others.
Interestingly enough Net Applications has also noted that the market share of Windows 7 actually went up! You would think that over time Windows 7’s market share would eventually decline and make way for Windows 8, but we guess the problems of Windows 8 and the unfamiliar UI has put users of.
In fact it wasn’t too long ago that HP was found to be continuing to advertise Windows 7 despite Windows 8 being Microsoft’s latest offering. So far the initial feedback for Windows 10 appears to be positive as Microsoft is bringing some changes to the platform that users have asked for, but whether or not it will live up to expectations remains to be seen.