Windows 8 has been available in the retail market for nearly six whole months since the operating system was released back in October of 2012. Windows 7, the operating system prior, is still holding steady in terms of market share. In fact, it has actually gone up a tad bit in market share.
As you can see from the image below, Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system is holding steady in terms of market share. If you take a look at the data from October 2012 to March 2013, you will see the market share difference.In October of 2012, Windows 7 held a 44.69% operating system market share and based on data from March of 2013, Windows 7 currently holds a 44.73% market share.
While it's not much of a big deal to go up in 0.04% market share, this article is simply trying to point out that Windows 7 is simply holding steady and has not been affected by Windows 8. Why is Windows 7 still popular? Is it because Windows 8 isn't gaining a strong foothold like it was intended to?
It will be interesting to see how the market share data will look like a few months from now for Windows 7, especially with Windows Blue on the horizons. Windows Blue is slated to add bug fixes and feature improvements to Windows 8, based on user feedback to Microsoft.
On a side note, it has also been two years since the official release of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft would like to remind those who are still running Windows 7 (without SP1) that the operating system will no longer be supported starting April 9th of 2013. If you are running SP1, you are still good for a while.