Whether it indicates a hiccup or the first sign of a trend, Microsoft can't be happy that Net Applications found in its June 2014 operating system survey that Windows 8 and 8.1 dropped from May's 12.6 percent to 12.5 percent.
Despite the, and its , Windows 8.x still hasn't proven popular. This is undoubtedly one reason Microsoft is pushing forward quickly with its .
Curiously, even thoughas being a significant improvement over Windows 8, Windows 8.1, at 6.6 percent, isn't much more popular than Windows 8 with its 5.9 percent.
Windows itself, with 91.5 percent, remains the dominant desktop operating system. Indeed, Windows 7, which moved up to 50.55 percent, saw its fourth straight month of gains.
Thus, business users seem to have been moving from theto Windows 7 instead of Windows 8. In March 2014, before XP support expired, XP had 27.7 percent of marketshare compared to Windows 7's 48.8 percent and Windows 8.x's combined 11.3 percent.
By June, XP dropped to 25.3 percent from March, a decline of 2.4 percent. Windows 8.x had gained a mere 1.2 percent during the same period compared to Windows 7's 1.75 percent growth.
Why is 2009's Windows 7 still gaining marketshare? In part, it's because some OEMs such as HP,. More simply, .
As for the other desktop and laptop operating systems, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks is the most popular, single non-Windows operating system with 3.95 percent. While enormously popular in datacenters, clouds,, and , traditional desktop Linux distributions such as Fedora, Mint and Ubuntu, with a combined 1.7 percent, remain a non-contender on the PC.