Net Applications has posted its desktop operating system market share numbers for February 2015, showing a slight gain for Windows 8.1 worldwide. However, it also shows that the 13 year old Windows XP also went up in its market share, 10 months after Microsoft cut support for the OS.
The latest desktop operating system market share numbers for January 2015 show a gain for Windows 8.1 worldwide. However, it also shows that the 13 year old Windows XP is still the second most used PC OS in the world, several months after its official support was cut off by Microsoft.
After having outed a vulnerability in Windows a few weeks ago, Google is at it again. This time a Google security researcher detailed another vulnerability in in both Windows 8.1and Windows 7. Similar to the exploit that Google previously detailed, this vulnerability could allow a user to impersonate another ID, allowing encryption and decryption of data he or she otherwise wouldn't have access to.
It's the end of the first phase of support for Windows 7, as Microsoft's self-imposed deadline to offer mainstream support for the OS ends on Tuesday, January 13. However, the company has pledged to continue to offer extended support for Windows 7 for another five years, until January 14, 2020.
The Windows 10 Technical Preview has started showing up in the operating system market share numbers from Net Applications, in their recently revealed statistics for December. However, those same numbers display a loss in market share for Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 had another good month in November 2014 as the latest PC operating system market share data from Net Applications shows that the year old operating system upgrade from Microsoft went up to 12.10 percent last month, over a percentage point higher than its 10.92 percent share in October.
AMD has now issued an official statement on comments made earlier this month by its Chief Gaming Scientist Richard Huddy, saying that he was "speculating" when he stated that Windows 7 will not support Microsoft's upcoming DirectX 12 graphics API.
Windows 8.1 had a good month in October 2014 as the latest PC operating system market share data from Net Applications shows that the year old operating system upgrade from Microsoft went up to 10.92 percent last month, much higher than its 6.67 percent share in September.
Microsoft may be ending Windows 8 software retail sales on Friday, October 31, but the company has another deadline that it claims it will follow on the same day. Friday will be the final day that PC hardware OEMs will be able to purchase most editions of Windows 7 so they can be pre-installed on new PCs.
While Microsoft may have launched a public preview of Windows 10 this week, the current versions of the OS, Windows 8 and 8.1, are actually losing market share among PCs worldwide, according to the latest numbers from Net Applications.
The latest operating system numbers from research firm Net Applications show that Windows 8.1 actually lost a tiny amount of its worldwide market share in July 2014. This is the first time this has happened since Microsoft officially released the revamped version of Windows 8 in October 2013.
Microsoft has posted a reminder that Windows Phone 7.8 will lose its mainstream support on September 9 as part of a recently updated list of its software products that will see either their mainstream or extended support end in the next six months.
The latest numbers from research firm Net Applications show that the combined market share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 in the PC market are still well behind that of Windows 7 and the now support-less Windows XP.
A new rumor claims Microsoft might offer "Threshold", the next major version of its Windows OS, as a free update for Windows 7 PC owners in addition to those folks that already have Windows 8.1 installed on their systems.
Yesterday it came out that the Chinese government had – for some slightly peculiar sounding reasons – decideed to ban the use of Windows 8 on its computer systems. In a statement to The Verge, Microsoft stated it was "surprised" by the move and has confirmed that it will continue to sell Windows 7 to them instead:
Let us be honest, what people really want when they ask for Windows 7 back is that it be done with the modern Windows 8 Start Screen and make their machine more mouse and keyboard friendly.
Windows 8 has placed a large amount of its reliance on touch based PCs that is the Microsoft future. If you do find yourself without a touch screen and are yearning for the days of Windows 7, then read on as we bring you as close to the experience as we can.
At times, the success of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8, can seem questionable. While Microsoft was able to sell over 240 million Windows 7 licenses a year after the software’s launch, Windows 8 is just beginning to see any figures close to that number. It has been fifteen months and Microsoft has just now acknowledged that they have sold over 200 million licenses.
Microsoft is attempting to save Windows 8 through Windows 8.1, pushing machines left, right and centre, but it seems one of its OEM partners has other ideas. HP has brought back Windows 7 hardware, enabling consumers to customise a new HP PC, running the older operating system. The reason for this re-introduction? According to the HP website, the offer was brought back "by popular demand."