The first month of this new year has come to a close and its now time to take a look at how well Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system has fared in terms of market share for the month. According to new data from NetApplications, Windows 8 now holds a market share of 6.63%, while Windows 8.1 holds a share of 3.95%.
With the release of Windows 8.1 to the world in October, January was the third full month of availability for Microsoft’s latest operating system version, which was just enough time for it to pass Windows Vista in market share. While Windows 8.1 is certainly growing steadily and eating into Windows 8′s share, the duo only managed to end 2013 with 10 percent market share, barely impacting Windows 7. The latest market share data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 barely made progress in January 2014, gaining a combined 0.09 percentage points (from 10.49 percent to 10.58 percent). More specifically, Windows 8 fell 0.26 percentage points (from 6.89 percent to 6.63 percent), while Windows 8.1 gained 0.35 percentage points (from 3.60 percent to 3.95 percent).