Despite all the bad press Microsoft has had this year, and the bashing that Windows 8 has faced (rightly or wrongly so), Microsoft still dominates the desktop PC market and this shows absolutely no sign of slowing. According to the latest figures by Market Research firm Net Applications Microsoft still boasts 91.5% of the market share. The above figures show a relatively stable percentage for Microsoft but if we look at bit further back we can see a very slight long term decline:
- July 2010 – 93.83%
- July 2011 – 92.90%
- July 2012 – 92.01%
- June 2013 – 91.51%
Furthermore their figures reveal that Microsoft’s main rivals are Mac OS X with 7.2% and Linux with 1.28%. Windows 7 is the world’s number one operating system with 44.37% and Windows XP follows behind with 37.17%. The figures also reveal that Windows 8 now has 5.10% of market share which is rising fairly slowly but has overtaken Vista which has just 4.62%.
So the figures are certainly interesting but Microsoft shows no sign of slowing down on the PC platform. Despite all the talk of switching to different operating systems after “the disappointment” that Windows 8 was we can see very few users are actually opting for desktop alternatives (Mac OS X and Linux) and most simply move around within Windows operating system, mainly to Windows 7 or Windows XP.
Image courtesy of Net Applications