It seems that the April 8, 2014 deadline of Windows XP going EOL has got quite a few users and organizations scared as the usage of decade old operating system in December has fallen sharply to 28.98 percent as compared to November’s 31.22 percent.
According to latest stats from NetMarketShare, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have gained market share by gaining 0.23 and 0.96 percentage points to achieve 6.89 and 3.60 percent share respectively. Windows 7 has also gained 0.88 percentage points to record 47.52 percent share.
The year 2013 saw users and organizations switch between different versions of Windows operating system. At the beginning, Windows XP and Vista ruled the charts with over half of the market share between them; however, as the year progressed and Microsoft announced the end of their mainstream support for both XP and Vista, install base started shifting towards Windows 7 and later in the year towards Windows 8 as well.
The chart and table from NetMarketShare shows the trend.