is staying the course with Windows 8
, the most drastic change to the Windows ecosystem since the introduction of XP, and though Windows Blue
will introduce a few changes (and maybe even bring back the Start button), the touch-friendly design doesn't look like it's going anywhere. That's led to some negative reactions and press -- some of it justified and some of it way overblown -- but for now, Windows 8 is slowly and steadily increasing its share of the desktop OS market.
The key word there is "slowly." According to NetMarketShare, Windows 8 increased its share to 3.82 percent in April, up from 3.17 percent a month prior and up from 1.09 percent in November 2012, a month after it launched. That still trails Windows Vista, which ended April with a 4.75 percent share, though at the pace it's declining and Windows 8 is growing, the two should switch spots by the end of the year.
We also looked at data from StatCounter, and though the numbers are a little different, they tell the same story. According to StatCounter, Windows 8 is installed on 4.74 percent of desktop systems, up from 3.9 percent a month ago. Vista, meanwhile, is hovering around the 6 percent mark.
Microsoft recently went on record claiming it's sold 100 million Windows 8 licenses to date, which is roughly on pace to join Windows 7 as the company's fastest selling OS. However, that number doesn't necessarily represent how many copies of Windows 8 are actually being used, as it includes pre-installed copies on new computers sold to manufacturers, not just consumers.
The good news for Microsoft is that Windows 8 devices are starting to come down in price, and that's exactly what's needed to increase adoption. Asus is expecting Windows 8 tablet pricing to dip below $300
later this year, whereas Surface RT
and Surface Pro
debuted at $499 and $899, respectively.
What operating system are you using most often these days? If it's not Windows 8, do you think you might upgrade once Windows Blue hits?