Global Adoption of Microsoft Windows 8 Climbs to 2.26% in January – Report

Microsoft Windows 8 Begins Its Road to Mass Adoption

by Anton Shilov
02/04/2013 | 11:52 PM

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.