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Apr 1 2015   9:59AM GMT

XP Holding Steady While Win8.* Versions Close In

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Gadzooks! Has it really been 32 months since Windows 8 was unleashed on the world? Indeed it has, and supplanted even, with Windows 8.1 in February of 2014. But only now are Windows 8 versions coming up to approach the fading majesty of Windows XP, as shown in this morning’s pie chart from NetMarketShare for Desktop Operating System Marketshare by version:

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Windows 7 remains king of the hill, but at 14.07% Win8 versions are closing in on XP’s 16.94%
[Source: NetMarketShare 4/1/15]

I’m guessing we’ll see the numbers for Win8.* versions surpassing those for XP on or before the end of this quarter, at which point increasing interest in Windows 10 will probably put a quick cap on that current desktop OS’s overall growth. The “Vista effect” does indeed seem to be hampering Windows 8.1’s uptake, but hopefully this means that Windows 10 will enjoy an exaggerated bounce in adoption as a result.

While I’ve learned to live with Windows 8.1, thanks in no small part to Stardock’s excellent Start8 software add-on that brings the Win7-style Start menu back to Win8 versions, I’ve been learning to like Windows 10 quite a bit more since the technical previews started flying late last year. MS is doing a much better job of soliciting, listening to, and acting upon beta testers’ feedback with Windows 10, and it shows all over the place in the upcoming desktop OS. Although Stardock does have a Start Menu program for Win10, it’s not really necessary (I’m using it on one test machine to see how it works, but not on another, and am able to do everything I want on the OS easily without it). Applications and apps run seamlessly and even side-by-side in Windows 10, with no painful switches between the old-fashioned desktop UI and the new-fangled Windows Store UI needed or necessary (apps and OS UI elements run in windows on the desktop for those who base their operations in that mode). It will be very interesting to see when Win10 appears in the NetMarketShare pie chart, and how quickly that slice of the pie grows over time. Stay tuned!

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  • FTClark
    Bring it on! I am eagerly waiting for Windows 10 with baited breath. I am very happy with Windows 7 (and I was very happy with XP) but I am so eager to see Windows 10 I did something unthinkable for me. I actually attempted to join the Technical Preview. Unfortunately, I had an installation problem where the install kept looping. After a lot of time spent on testing, research, and discussion on the forum, I was finally told just to uninstall and wait. Bummer! However, I understand the risks of beta software and I was reminded why my time is best spent elsewhere.
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  • Ed Tittel

    Dear Frank:

    Thanks for responding. I think Windows 10 may actually prove to be a worthy successor to Windows 7. I'm sorry to hear about your issues with the Technical Preview. I've installed Windows 10 on numerous machines without difficulty, so I guess I should be glad your particular problems are not more widespread.

    Best, --Ed--

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