For the month of July, Windows 8.1’s desktop market share stood at 6.56 percent. That's a smaller decline of 6.61 percent in June but down nonetheless. Meanwhile, the share of Windows 8 was reduced from 5.93 percent in June to 5.92 percent last month, a small tiny 0.01 percent decrease. Combined, Windows 8 and 8.1 occupy 12.48 percent of the pie desktop operating system from July. That's not much, considering that Windows XP takes almost twice that despite the fact that it is over 10 years old.
Speaking of Windows XP, although still very popular, some PC users are left there last month. I share the desktop of Windows XP decreased from 25.31 percent in June to 24.82 percent last month. However, that does not necessarily mean that the decline will continue unabated. After all, Windows XP share actually increased in June, up from 25.27 in May.
Then there is the big cheese, the head honcho, the big kahuna; Windows 7. Installment of Windows 7 in July soared to 51.22 percent. That's up 50.55 percent in June, representing an increase of 0.67 percent.
For us, the reasons for the continued dominance of Windows XP and Windows 7 over 8 and 8.1 are simple. The first two operating systems have a Start menu and provide a familiar experience for users. Windows 8 and 8.1 do not, through a Metro-market version of the Start menu is likely to return in Windows 9. Then, of course, is the issue of cost. Windows 7 costs the same as it does in Windows 8.1 on Newegg; about $ 100. Most people clearly prefer to use the operating system with a boot menu, even if you are approaching five years old.