Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 see slight increase in their market share, as Windows XP suffers a drop

Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 are now running on 13.37% of computers around the world, according to the latest data by Net Applications. The month of August has ended, and as usually the ever so reliable folks from Net Market Share have evaluated the performance of various operating systems.

Starting with the current operating system, Windows 8.1 which had 6.56% of market share at the end of July, bumped up its number to 7.09% according to the latest data. Windows 8 has also shown some improvements, surging its number to 6.28% from the 5.92% it had a month earlier.

Despite improvements in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 stats, Windows 7 is still the most dominating operating system on the planet. The operating system has registered 0.01% drop, but still captures 51.21% of the market share. Computer OEMs can also be held responsible for it. Recently HP ditched Windows 8 computers again in favor of selling Windows 7-powered machines.

Windows XP still remains a problem for Microsoft. The decade old operating system now holds 23.89% share, only suffering a 0.93% drop from a month earlier. Its successor Windows Vista is still strong at 3.02% market share, with an ever so slight slid in its share.

Looking at the other side of the pond, Linux holds 1.67% market share, while Mac OS X10.9 now has 4.29 percent share, a little increment from a month earlier. Are you happy with Windows 8 and 8.1’s improving market share? Let us know in the comments below.