Windows 8 Finally Getting Traction In Market Adoption

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Microsoft’s Windows operating systems have held a relatively consistent market share for the last year--91.67% in October 2012 and 91.19% in August 2013--but there’s been a good bit of shakeup as it pertains to the various versions of Windows.

According to data compiled by NetMarketShare, Windows 8 has climbed to 7.41% market share, up from 0.41% less than a year ago and from 5.4% just last month. For comparison, Vista has dropped to 4.11%; Windows 8 surpassed it this summer.

NetMarketshare Windows OS 2013

Windows 7 has held relatively firm, creeping up slightly from 44.69% to 45.63% from October to August. Windows XP is winding down; it’s dropped to 33.66% market share. Less than a year ago, it was at 40%.

To put it succinctly, Windows 8 is the only Windows operating system that has significantly gained market share in the last year. Windows 7 is holding steady, and Vista and XP are dropping. Thus, Windows 8 is getting some traction. It’s been rather slow-going, but we’re finally starting to see some significant adoption.

NetMarketShare Windows OS 2013
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It’s likely that the spike has to do in part with the release of the Windows 8.1 preview this summer as well as a slew of back-to-school PC purchases in August, so it’s hard to tell if this sudden increase in market share is a mirage or something more permanent. Of course, the holidays are quickly approaching, so it’s likely that, at least for the next several months, Windows 8 market share will continue to ascend.
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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Sep 3 2013 3:48 PM

I think Windows 8.1 will be the next MS OS I jump to. It feels like Microsoft listened to their customers for this upcoming release.

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Geez for a failed OS, Windows 8 is doing better then all the mac os's and other combined :)

8.1 is rather good Dave, its much better to navigate with the start button back, right clicking it gives you a lot of options so its pretty easy to find your way.

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I may try it again,......

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Diggity0 replied on Tue, Sep 3 2013 11:42 PM

XP still has 33% market share? Wow! As a long time windows user that tends to stay on top of the latest OS, I'm surprised it's still that high. I haven't owned an XP-PC in years!

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I've been very happy with win8 since the launch ...

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scolaner replied on Wed, Sep 4 2013 10:00 AM

Heh, I still have an old XP-based laptop that I have to use for my ancient laser printer (which still runs like a champ). Grandpa's print center.

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Having installed and used Windows 8 on a fair amount of computers with keyboards and non-touch monitors, several of which are dual-boots with Windows 7, I must say that I prefer the former to the latter ; it comes across as quicker and smoother. This, of course, after installing Classic Shell and disabling the so-called Lock Screen, so that the OS boots directly to one's log-in screen ; a Windows 8 installation which boots to the so-called «Modern» interface is an abomination on anything but a tablet. What's worrying me is whether I'm going to be able to continue with these, for me, essential customisations after updating to Windows 8.1 ; if not, I'll have to stick with the earlier version....

For my personal use, however, I prefer a GNU/Linux distro to anything I've seen coming from Microsoft....


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