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Windows 8 Market Share: Just 2.3 Percent
Windows 8 Market Share: Just 2.3 Percent

By Barry Levine
February 1, 2013 11:30AM

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Since its release in late October, Windows 8 has not exactly been a stellar success, although the rate of increase for Windows 8 adoption appears to be steady, rising about 0.6 percent each month. In comparison, three months after its release, Windows 7 had reached a 7.7 percent market share. Is negative user feedback to blame for Win 8's slower adoption?
 



The bad news for Windows 8: its market share of the desktop operating system market is only 2.3 percent. The good news: That's still about 60 million licenses.

The market share is reported in new figures by industry research firm Net Applications, which finds Windows 7 with 44.5 percent, Windows Vista at 5.2 percent, and even the venerable XP still at 39.5 percent. Mac OS X is about 6.4 percent. Microsoft has not issued a breakdown of the 60 million licenses, such as how many are to distribution channels and how many to consumers or businesses.

Of course, Windows 7 has been out for about four years. By comparison, three months after its release, Win 7 had reached a 7.7 percent market share. Windows 8 was released for general availability in late October.

Chromebooks Rising?

The rate of increase for Windows 8 adoption appears to be steady, rising about 0.6 percent each month since October. But the promotional period is now over for users who had purchased Windows 7 after June 2012 to buy Windows 8 for $14.99. Upgrading to the standard Windows 8 is now $120, and $200 for Windows Pro.

PC sales have been down, in part due to the rise in tablets. There have also been public grumblings that raise questions about Win 8's overall success. Acer President Jim Wong, for instance, has told news media that Win 8 "is still not successful," and added that "a simple way to judge if it is successful or not" is to look at whether the whole PC market came back after the Windows 8 launch. It has not.

One of the most interesting developments in the PC market is the apparent rise of Chromebooks, those cloud-based laptops using Google's Chrome operating system. When first released, many observers predicted they might have some limited uses, such as real estate agents picking up any Chromebook to view and manage that day's listings. As prices on tablets and more full-featured laptops come down, the thinking was that Chromebooks were not necessarily a bargain.

But Chromebooks' ease of management is proving to be a big selling point. Last weekend, for example, Acer's Wong told news media that Chromebooks have accounted for 5 to 10 percent of his company's shipments in the U.S. since those models' release in November.

'Slower Than Microsoft Would Like'

Wong noted that Chromebooks appealed to educational institutions and corporations because, as thin-client machines, they are more secure and more easily updated or backed up. The financial journal The Street has reported that some enterprises are considering having as many as 20 percent of their employees try Chromebooks. (continued...)

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ileana:

Posted: 2013-02-06 @ 1:51am PT
I HATE windows 8!! I am only commenting in hopes that some Microsoft employee might see 1 more disgruntled consumer. I do not need/want the touch stuff. It is not intuitive or user friendly in any way. Even the people who are supposed to be the tech support don't know what to do. You can't run chrome or firefox without it crashing. And that's just a few of the bad things. Yuck!

Chester Tan:

Posted: 2013-02-03 @ 5:30pm PT
I must be one of the few who enjoyed using Windows 8, which I shared in my blog article. http://musicphotolife.blogspot.sg/2013/01/enjoying-windows-8.html

The only major complaint from consumer is the missing Start Menu, but it's just a matter of spending $4.99 on a third party app to bring it back. Therein lies the beauty of Windows: loads of apps to personalise the OS.

Dennis Latimer:

Posted: 2013-02-02 @ 1:00am PT
Microsoft could have been clever with this and released 2 versions of windows 8, one for PC (desktop) and 1 for "touch". Everyone happy. MS placed in the markest correctly. Instead they released something that causes confusion to most people I know with it.

MS could actually be helping its competitors. Before I get the usual comments, I have windows XP, 7 and 8 at home In addition I have Ubuntu Mac and Mageia on machines at home, as well as an android tablet. Of all these, the one that I find most aggravating is 8. It is not intuitive, takes time to learn and in the end, I stay away from the modern UI for most of the time.

For friends, I have had to install classic shell for them to be happy.

I am hoping that MS will release an update to give people what they want: a simple on/off selection for touch/desktop.





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