According to Net Applications, Windows 8/8.1 market share is half that of Windows XP

We reported back in January of this year that Hewlett-Packard wasn’t quite ready to put Windows 7, an operating system that first launched in 2009, on the back burner. Instead, the company actually promoted computers running Windows 7, stating that they were “Back by popular demand” and even offered up a $150 discount to purchase a machine featuring the operating system.
As the months have gone by, it looks as though the overall disdain for Windows 8 hasn’t subsided, and HP is still looking to appease customers that are not sold on Microsoft’s current generation operating system.
Re/code reports that HP sent out an email newsletter to customers this week alerting them that “Windows 7 PCs on sale, just in time for school.” In fact, if you go to the main shopping page for HP laptops and hybrids, Windows 7-based PCs are still getting top billing complete with banners ads and special promotions (like a $170 discount for buying a new laptop with Windows 7 preinstalled).

The lovefest continues with the revelation on HP’s site that two of its top three best-selling notebooks come preloaded with Windows 7.
According to the latest market share numbers from Net Applications, Windows 7 still commands just over 51 percent of the Windows OS market. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined account for only 12.48 percent of the Windows OS market. Two years after its launch, Windows 8’s market share is still roughly half that of the 13-year-old Windows XP operating system.

Sources: Re/code, The Next Web, HP

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