Feeds

Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

It might not look like much, but it's still bigger than yours...

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Windows 7 beat Windows 8.x in trench-war battle for growing market share in November.

Netmarketshare stats for the month found Windows 7 had increased its share of desktops from 46.42 to 46.64 per cent of machines.

This meant it outpaced the Windows 8.x family, which gained just 0.05 per cent.

Windows 8 fell from 7.53 per cent in October to 6.66 in November, while Windows 8.1 increased from 1.72 per cent to 2.64 per cent.

Combined, the Window 8.x pair hit 9.3 per cent of the market – up from 9.25 per cent in October.

Windows XP, meanwhile, saw a marginal decline for November – on 31.22 per cent versus 31.24 the month before.

Windows 7 is catching upgraders in business moving from Windows XP; also, judging by these numbers, it’s also going on a number of consumer desktops.

Businesses which are currently migrating from Windows XP ahead of next April’s end-of-support deadline appear to be choosing Windows 7 rather than the newer, touch-based incarnation of Microsoft's operating system.

However, observers will be looking ahead to early January to see just how well Windows 8.1 performed on new machines in this month’s run-up to Christmas.

Of those new machines, the attention will be on tablets rather than desktops or even laptops. Here, the pressure on Windows 8.1 will be coming not from Windows 7 but from Android and iOS.

In October IDC predicted tablet sales would surpass sales of PCs for the first time ever this month - 84.1 million versus 83.1 million.

IDC reckoned on tablets beating PCs on an annual basis by the end of 2015. IDC is not alone, with Canalys last week saying it expects tablets will “almost” outship PCs in 2014. Android will account for 32 per cent of the PC market next year, Canalys predicted. ®

The Power of One Infographic

More from The Register

next story
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Google shows off new Chrome OS look
Athena springs full-grown from Chromium project's head
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.