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The adoption of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 operating system has grown to 2.26% in January, according to data from Net Applications. The adoption rate is significantly behind that of Windows 7 operating system over three years ago, which gives Microsoft a number of bad signals.

After being on the market for over two months, Windows 8 was only used on 2.26% of personal computers that utilized desktop-class operating systems (e.g., not Apple iOS, Google Android, etc.). By contrast, Windows 7 was used on 4% of personal computers used to surf the Internet after two weeks on the market, whereas Windows Vista took seven months to get to 4% usage share.

In general, slow adoption rate of Windows 8 shows two things: the Windows 7 is good enough for the majority of consumers and that they do not want to transit to an operating system with unfamiliar interface. Obviously, Microsoft is hardly happy with slow adoption of Windows 8, but it barely a thing it should truly be worried about. As it appears, market shares of devices with Windows 8 with touchscreen input and Windows RT with touchscreen input are 0.08% and 0.02%, respectively, which clearly shows that customers are extremely reluctant to adopt Microsoft’s new platform for media tablets, the main reason why the software giant decided to adopt mobile Metro interface for Windows 8. Generally, Microsoft's attempt to enter the media tablet market has failed so far.

At present, the world’s most popular operating system continued to be Windows 7 with 44.48% market share, followed by Windows XP with 39.51%. The poorly received Windows Vista commands 5.24% of the marker, whereas the latest Apple Mac OS X 10.8 is installed on 2.44% of all PCs in use today. In total, Apple Mac OS X is utilized by 7.05% of personal computers.

NetApplications, a leading provider of Web analytics tools; its data is based on analysis of 160 million visits to certain web-sites.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8, Windows RT, Apple, Mac OS


Comments currently: 5
Discussion started: 02/05/13 03:05:49 AM
Latest comment: 02/07/13 12:27:49 AM


I don't like their pie chart. It would have been nicer if it was simplified where it matters. The many tiny slices of Mac OSX are so trivial, they should have been made one slice. Linux should have been given a proper slice as well.
0 1 [Posted by: mmstick  | Date: 02/05/13 03:05:49 AM]

OK so MS now that you double failed with Windows 8 new "start menu" - metro - or whatever you like to call it, can you get back in making UI for desktop computers?

I mean... damn this metro is a good idea, even if you got it from the OSX mission control, and I mean I don't care where you got that idea from, I just want you to tweak that UI so it can help me work faster on my computer and not slower.

And MS, really, you don't have to change things for the sake of change, just make them work.

Thanks, kisses.
0 0 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 02/05/13 08:01:30 AM]

If I had a dollar for every lie Microsucks has told, I'd be a billionaire like Billygoat.
0 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/05/13 03:21:47 PM]

In general, slow adoption rate of Windows 8 shows two things: the Windows 7 is good enough for the majority of consumers and that they do not want to transit to an operating system with unfamiliar interface.
Slow adoption of anything these days is simply due to not as many being purchased compared to years ago-- it is the economy-- where the daily life priorities of most folks outweigh even the advantages of Windows 8 and cause them not adopt it.

I realize many enthusiasts forget not everyone is as financially well off to dismiss the influence of the economy or competition, but to forget that regular folks don't share our passions (that not getting Win 8 must mean they don't like it either) is out-of-touch.
0 0 [Posted by: lehpron  | Date: 02/05/13 06:26:39 PM]

MS should concentrate on improving windows usability/features instead of dictating HOW we should (according to MS) use windows

The arrogance is just mind boggling, thinking they could re-define how we should interact with the desktop
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 02/07/13 12:27:49 AM]


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