Over half of all PCs are now running Windows 7 as the majority of users continue to ignore Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform, new data has shown.
Stats from Netmarketshare show that by the end of May 2014 50.06 percent of web-connected PCs are running Windows 7, up from 49.27 percent in the previous month.
By comparison, Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s newest operating system, has just 6.35 percent market share, up from 5.88 percent in the previous month. The older Windows 8 version dropped slightly from 6.36 to 6.29 percent.
Meanwhile, the ancient Windows XP platform still has a huge amount of users, with 25.27 percent of machines on the operating system, despite security support ending in early April. This was a fall of just 1.02 percent.
While the fall is small Microsoft will no doubt be pleased the number is heading in the right direction, after a strange uptick in use was recorded at the beginning of the year.
Microsoft also recently had to warn users away from trying to use a trick that could make its company servers think XP machines were in fact running a new version of the software in order to receive security updates.
Apple saw its market share for laptop machines grow slightly, with Mac OS X version 10.9 now on 4.15 percent of machines, up from 4.07 in the previous month.
Overall, Windows continues to dominate the market for desktop systems, with 90.99 percent of all devices using Microsoft’s systems. Mac machines make up 7.39 percent and Linux 1.62.
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