While usage statistics are not the most thorough data sets in regards to determining a products rising or falling trend throughout the months, they provide us with the means to spot trends nevertheless. While I'd wish that Microsoft or a company like Google would reveal those information publicly, it is all we have right now.
According to the latest data collected by NetMarketShare, Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is continuing its slow but steady climb. The operating system's usage share increased from 3.29% in March 2013 to 3.84% in April 2013. One indicator that the data is not the most reliable is that the usage share of Windows 8 Touch devices - tablets - dropped from 0.12% in March to 0.02% in April. That's why it makes sense to look at trends, in this case a slow rise, instead of analyzing the values in detail.
What we can certainly say is that Windows 8's rise is slower than that of the Windows 7 operating system in the same time period. The operating system has no momentum right now that would increase its growth significantly. Two events may change that in the near future. First the release of Windows 8.1, Blue, or whatever Microsoft will call it, and then in 2014 the end of support for the Windows XP operating system. It is unlikely that the operating system will see a large increase in usage share before that.
As far as leading operating systems go: Windows 7 is in the lead with 44.72% followed closely by Windows XP with 38.31%. All remaining operating system versions are below the 5% mark right now.
Things look better as far as Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 browser is concerned. The Internet browser made a big leap from 2.93% in March 2013 to 6.02% in April 2013. This can be largely attributed to the release of the final version of the browser for the Windows 7 operating system. It is likely that the growth will continue but slow down somewhat in the coming months.
The Internet Explorer browser family is in the lead usage share wise according to NetMarketShare with 55.81% followed by Firefox with 20.30% and Google Chrome with 16.35%. Internet Explorer's and Firefox's usage share has remained near constant in recent time while Chrome's took a dip. It is not really clear what caused the drop but it is significant enough (from 19% to 16%) to matter.
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