XP Market Share Drops 11% – Chrome Browser Hits 2nd Spot


As the first quarter of 2014 has now drawn to a close, and considering XP’s end of support is nigh, I thought it might be timely to check out current market share figures and see how much things have changed over the past 12 months.

As usual, the source for these statistics is the well respected NetMarketShare:

market share - os

If you do the sums, you’ll see that XP’s market share has shrunk by 11.04% over the past 12 months, while Windows 7 and Windows 8 have increased by 4.04% and 8.13% respectively.

Nothing overly surprising there, but it will be interesting to see how those figures change over the next few months following XP’s end of support. Comparing current numbers to those in June or July should provide a fair indication as to which of the two newer operating systems is receiving most favor with migrating XP users.

XP’s current 27.69% market share may appear to still be quite healthy, but the fact is, since the end of March 2013 a third of XP users have abandoned the aging operating system. Not only does this represent a significant number, that trend is almost certain to accelerate over the coming months.

Mind you, statistics surrounding XP, especially those pertaining to comparisons, can often be distorted due to the extraordinary age of the operating system and its subsequent wide spread use. Plus, there is bound to be an appreciable core of XP diehards out there who refuse to change no matter what, at least for the time being.

Chrome Hits 2nd Spot in the Battle of the Browsers

It was towards the end of 2011 when the pundits were predicting that Chrome was set to overtake Firefox some time during the first quarter of 2012. Some 2 years on and Chrome has indeed finally managed to slip past Firefox into second place in desktop browser market share… albeit by a slender margin.

browser market share

As you can see from the figures in the screenshot; it’s not so much that Chrome has gained a lot of ground over the past 12 months (a mere 0.39%), more that Firefox has lost ground. Apparently, Mozilla’s decision to adopt a rapid release model for its Firefox browser, and the changes it brought with it, have not proven too popular with users. One thing for certain, it appears Internet Explorer is set to remain top dog for quite some time yet.


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2 thoughts on “XP Market Share Drops 11% – Chrome Browser Hits 2nd Spot”

  1. Browser market share comes from Net Application.

    It remains to be understood how come this source provides vastly different market share numbers than any other source over Internet. For all other sources, Chrome has taken n°1 position since a long time, and IE is fighting for 2nd place with Firefox.
    This is such a mind blowing difference, I just can’t explain how come Net Application continue publishing numbers which are so far off the mark compared to all other ones.

    1. Hi Nathan – The differences come down to methodology.

      For example; the statistics from StatCounter are collated from total number of hits and do not include ‘weighting’ by country. On the other hand, Net Applications measures only unique visits and does include weighting by country. These variances in methodology are what account for the discrepancies. Also, the method employed by Net Applications is generally regarded as a more relaiable/accurate system and less open to distortion, that’s why most tech writers tend to quote its statistics above others.

      Cheers… Jim

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