Windows 8.1 more popular than Mac OS X Mavericks

Hardly more than a fortnight after the official launch of Windows 8.1, the update for Windows 8 has more users than Mac OS X's latest version, 10.9 Mavericks.

The Windows 8.1 Start screen.
(Credit: Microsoft)

OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the 10th major release of a Mac OS X operating system, was released on October 22, five days after Windows 8.1. The two are battling for fifth place in Net Applications' account of November internet traffic from a desktop PC, with 8.1's 2.64 per cent share edging out Mavericks' 2.42 per cent.

Windows 8.1 adds many of the features stripped during the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8, including a new version of the missing Start button. It can also boot directly to the desktop for a user experience that apes Windows 7, entirely abandoning Windows 8's tiled "modern" interface.

According to the report, Windows 8.1 holds a third of the market share of its Windows 8 predecessor, with 2.64 per cent and 6.66 per cent, respectively. Both pale in comparison to Windows XP, which still has 31.22 per cent coverage a full 12 years after it launched. Windows 7 is the outright winner, though, with a 46.64 per cent share — more than Windows 8, 8.1, XP, Vista, Mac OS X 10.8 and 10.9 combined.

What the figures also show is that even brand new operating systems, like Windows 8.1 and Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, demand a sizeable amount of market share in their first few weeks of release. With automatic updates and the rapid growth of online app stores, it's not just software geeks and early adopters who are switching to the latest operating systems.

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Christopher_Donohue posted a comment   

I would like to know if the author of this article or if CNET is biased towards Microsoft (maybe potential revenue losses if the story was negative), as per the other comments below perspective was not included in this article. Or was it just just to lack of investigation / research that good writers / journalists should have as a natural skill?


Sunny_T posted a comment   

I just did a Google image search and it's true:
Windows 3.1 looks way better than Windows 8.1.
Win3.1 looks futuristic in comparison.


WinM posted a comment   

Windows 8 Update is really the fantastic product by Microsoft.Good to hear that Windows 8.1 is popluar than Mac OS X.


kpatsan posted a comment   

Microsoft - take a fantastic Windows 7 product, develop a new version 8, "workshop" it and release it to almost universal frustration and rejection. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

Then, the "NEW! Even better! 8.1", which gives us the Start button back, but only half functional as the old one. For goodness sake - how hard is it to give the millions of us who use Windows what we want, which is good access to our programs?

It seems that Microsoft is full of "yes" men (and women) who are following some company line about unifying desktop, tablet and phone. Unfortunately this results in a profoundly disappointing desktop experience- we don't want annoying "apps", we just want to be able to access and switch between programs instantly like we can do in Windows 7, Vista, XP etc.

Unless Microsoft gets this into their thick skulls, we'll leave in droves. They need reminding that desktop/laptop users are still by far the source of most of their revenue.


KennethB1 posted a comment   

Familiarity doesn't always equate to happiness or satisfaction.


Restricted_access posted a comment   

I agree. Win 8 is a shocker. I find it impossible to use productively. If MS set-out to do nothing more than frustrate users and create a completely unusable OS, then they achieved beyond their wildest expectations!


KishoreC posted a comment   

But this stat doen't say if those users are happy. I'm one of them and I'm seriously frustrated by the table interface on my pc. It's by far the worst Desktop OS on the market (let alone from MS). If you have any option, do not upgrade.


Restricted_access posted a comment   

So, Windows 8.1 has 2.64% and Mavericks has 2.42% and somehow that makes a win for MS?

To put it into perspective, Windows has 90% of the market and yet only 2.64% is Windows 8.1; whereas, OS X has about 7% of the market and yet a third or all users upgraded to Mavericks in just the first couple of weeks. Clearly, Apple has a major success to celebrate and MS has yet another failure to commiserate!


Restricted_access posted a reply   

This article puts into perspective just how badly Win 8 is doing:

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