Netmarketshare and StatCounter were to monitor the use of windows on census basis.
The firms reported a spiked usage of windows 7 and 8.1 abruptly. And may we ask why? They both are old windows versions but have suddenly gained their popularity back as Microsoft promises a free update of window 10 for people using windows 7 or 8.1.
Both sites report that June saw a nice spike in Windows 7 use. StatCounter has it up 0.6 per cent to 53.71 per cent of the market, while Netmarketshare thinks it increased suddenly from 57.76 per cent of desktops to 60.98 per cent.
As we note each time we consider these numbers, they read better after seasoning with plenty of NaCl because they’re gathered using an analysis of Web traffic rather than actual machine counts.
Both of the services we track also noted sharp-ish dips for Windows XP: might the rush to abandon it finally be accelerating now that the freebie Windows 10 is near? Whatever the cause of XP’s accelerating demise, StatCounter now has Microsoft’s big hit from 2001 behind Apple’s OS X in terms of desktop market share. Apple can now claim 10.17 per cent of the desktop OS market, the outfit says, although Netmarketshare has all versions of Apple’s OS at just 6.73 per cent of the market.
Next month’s numbers should be rather more interesting, because Windows 10 lands on July 29th and will presumably be adopted by a great many users not long afterwards. What share will Redmond’s saviour have by August 1st? Stay tuned: we’ll bring you the numbers.