In two weeks after the launch, Windows 8.1 has achieved a market share of 1.72%, according to data published by Net Applications for the month of October. The results are quite positive considering that Windows 8 reached 8.02% in 12 months. In addition, Internet Explorer 11, the new version of the browser built into the operating system, has a market share of 1.49%.
Not to mention Windows permanently occupies the first place with 90.66%, even if it lost 0.15% in a month for the benefit of OS X (+0.19%). Apple’s operating system has grown with the arrival of Mavericks in October. The market share of Linux remained unchanged (1.61%) compared to the previous month.
In addition, Windows 7 is being the most widespread OS in the world with 46.42% (+0.03%), followed by Windows XP (31.24%). The 10-year old Windows XP had just lost 0.18% in the last month, so hardly its share would fall below 30% before year-end. Windows Vista has lost another 0.35% and now owns a share of 3.63%. The market share of Windows 8 has decreased from 8.02% to 7.53% as many users have upgraded to Windows 8.1.
The general availability of Windows 8.1 has enabled Internet Explorer 11 to reach the 1.49%. IE10, the latest version compatible with Windows 7, has secured second place with 18.94%. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the IE8 is still more widespread web browser (21.76%) as being the last compatible with Windows XP. Overall, Internet Explorer eroded a market share of 58.22% (+0.42%) and Firefox grew by 0.10% from 18.60% to 18.70% while Chrome has lost 0.54%, falling from 15.96% to 15.42%.