Windows 7 Better Performer Than Windows 8.x

Despite the demise of the aging operating system after the end-of-support deadline, Windows XP has continued on a slow and linear decline, though much slower than what was expected. However, it appears that Windows 7 operating system seems to be getting the larger chunk of the pie, since the XP users prefer to upgrade to Windows 7 rather than more advanced operating systems like Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

According to the latest statistics from Net Applications, one of the leading technology statistics firm, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 sales have gone down and essentially stagnated over the months. Although the decrease is less, it is a lot lesser than what was expected. Number of Windows XP owners have steadily gone down over the time, sliding below the 25 percent mark recently. In contrast, Windows 7 continues to climb up, enjoying a user base of over 51% presently, which is way more than the 44% market share it held last year.

As the adage goes, “numbers never lie”; and the statistics have proven the point without question that Windows 7 is far more popular and user friendly when compared to Windows 8.x operating systems. In the race of Windows 7 vs Windows 8, Windows 7 has won fair and square and that too by a wide margin. It seems none of the strategies that Microsoft has employed in the past two quarters has worked. Moreover, it seems Microsoft is keen on introducing the next operating system version, Windows 9, in hopes of forgoing the tarnished Windows 8 brand.

The combined market share of Windows 8.x operating systems, which includes both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, is a measly 12.48 percent, which is less than half of the aging Windows XP operating system market share! Since the sales have flat-lined, the failure of Windows 8 operating system has been proven beyond any doubt. When comparing the stability of the Windows 8.x OS to that of other failed operating systems, it is a revelation that a complicated user interface could single-handedly pull the tides in favor of Windows 7 in the Windows 7 vs Windows 8 competition.

However, critics have pointed out that Net Application’s data can be erroneous since all the conclusions have been made out of web browsing statistics alone. When comparing the number of licensed copies sold, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 together makes above 200 million in sales.
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