StatCounter data says Windows 8 has overtaken Android in web traffic

By on November 7, 2012, 5:30 PM

Data from Internet traffic analytical firm StatCounter reveals that Windows 8 has overtaken Android with regards to web traffic. It’s an impressive feat given the fact that Microsoft’s new operating system has only officially been available for less than two weeks.

According to the data, Windows 8’s web presence passed Android sometime during the past weekend. You’re probably thinking the comparison is a bit unfair since Windows 8 is found on a number of devices that Android isn’t, namely computers. That may be true but then again, you have to consider Android’s popularity and how long it’s been in use (more than four years now).

Judging by the traffic analysis chart above, we can also see what Windows 8 tallied a decent amount of web traffic even before the October 26 launch date. This of course is due to a few different reasons. It’s likely that some users are still running the Release Preview of Microsoft’s operating system that was first made available for download on May 31.

Even more likely, however, is the fact that the final RTM build of Windows 8 was made available for download for MSDN and TechNet subscribers in mid August. There’s no doubt that a number of enthusiasts picked up a copy of the new OS at that time.

All that we really know about Windows 8 at this point is that Microsoft managed to sell four million individual upgrades in the first four days (not to mention the “tens of millions” of upgrade units sold to corporate customers). At the current pace, there’s probably little doubt that Windows 8 will eventually overtake iOS in web traffic as well.




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NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

Well that was fast

Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

Wow, M$ will do anything to generate hype for this crap.. they just keep pushing out more 'stats' every week..

brutalbarbarian brutalbarbarian said:

When did Statcounter = MS?

Wow, M$ will do anything to generate hype for this crap.. they just keep pushing out more 'stats' every week..

2 people like this | jrielrjs jrielrjs said:

Wow! This is impressive. I'm part of this stat and I love my Windows 8 PC.

1 person liked this | lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

When did Statcounter = MS?

Wow, M$ will do anything to generate hype for this crap.. they just keep pushing out more 'stats' every week..

Apparently, the day you realize millions of people actually like and use a product you happen not to like...

veLa veLa said:

Still on Windows 7 for the time being. Pretty good job by MS I must admit.

dennis777 dennis777 said:

Web traffic does not mean more people are using it... as far as my opinion is.

can we have some reference with Windows 7 vs Android or iOs or something just to get an idea?

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Web traffic does not mean more people are using it... as far as my opinion is.

can we have some reference with Windows 7 vs Android or iOs or something just to get an idea?

High web traffic <I>does</I> equate more people on a particular platform are using the web. Funny thing is, this study should have favored Android, not Windows, especially considering Android is found mostly on smartphones (vs. tablet owners), where traffic is undoubtedly higher.

Note how this study is not referring to the usage, but the traffic itself.

The reason this might seem unfair to some is because the idea of Windows finally running on ARM hasn't quite settled in yet.

edzuslv edzuslv said:

High web traffic <I>does</I> equate more people on a particular platform are using the web. Funny thing is, this study should have favored Android, not Windows, especially considering Android is found mostly on smartphones (vs. tablet owners), where traffic is undoubtedly higher.

Note how this study is not referring to the usage, but the traffic itself.

The reason this might seem unfair to some is because the idea of Windows finally running on ARM hasn't quite settled in yet.

Not really. You can genereta high traffic by only yourself. They are talking about traffic not real host count.

Guest said:

Web traffic doesn't say enything about the windows8....

Like other people say, you can generate a lot of web traffic just by yourself on 1 machine.....

This is just a new type of hype.....

sorry MS, I'm using linux more and more.....

raybk said:

Is it because Windows 8 has a lot of spying traffic to contact back to Microsoft??

peeramid peeramid said:

This is an industry press release and not authoritative reporting. There is no discussion of methodology for measuring "web traffic," whatever that is. This article is not analysis, nor is it news, nor does it deserve press of any sort without revealing the exact basis for this claim.

TekGun TekGun said:

Some people just seem to be butt hurt because Win8 doesn't seem to be failing like they predicted.

Whether these stats are meaningful or not, 4Million upgrades in four days is pretty impressive.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

High web traffic <I>does</I> equate more people on a particular platform are using the web. Funny thing is, this study should have favored Android, not Windows, especially considering Android is found mostly on smartphones (vs. tablet owners), where traffic is undoubtedly higher.

Note how this study is not referring to the usage, but the traffic itself.

The reason this might seem unfair to some is because the idea of Windows finally running on ARM hasn't quite settled in yet.

Not really. You can genereta high traffic by only yourself. They are talking about traffic not real host count.

Web traffic doesn't say enything about the windows8....

Like other people say, you can generate a lot of web traffic just by yourself on 1 machine.....

This is just a new type of hype.....

sorry MS, I'm using linux more and more.....

Ah, no you can't. Traffic does not equal usage. But even if you want to play that game:

Forget about the 4-5 year headstart, Android is found in <I>thrice</I> as many devices as Windows 8. Smartphones, particularly, where web traffic is higher than tablet traffic are on more people's hands. Not to mention of course, that Windows 8 has only been out for <I>two</I> weeks.

I mean, come on now...

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Android Tablets Still Popular and cost far less than the current Surface but more people who own Android Tablets still use Windows XP and 7 Desktops and Laptops. The sense was if you are using Windows then you going to want to use Windows Tablet. Since there wasn't any really good Windows tablet available in 2010 and now late into 2012 there is. So that's why you see the rush from Android to Windows Tablets. You know how to use Windows hardware already then you going to ace Windows tablet right. Since Windows RT is not the full blown Windows Pro Tablet then your mostly getting more what you would get with an expensive Android Tablet Quad-Core and some neat features with Windows RT ARM CPU. Lower Price Android would cost you $69 to $199. Everyone going to buy what they want and the market just have to deal with it. Web Traffic does show what people are looking for and what they buy. This is how it's done today. Can't say it's not effective way to measure, but it is now than prior.

Divvet said:

Some people just seem to be butt hurt because Win8 doesn't seem to be failing like they predicted.

Whether these stats are meaningful or not, 4Million upgrades in four days is pretty impressive.

Yea these figures are rubbish by the way, they mostly encompass Retailer purchases.

Oh and when Steam is ready for Linux, that's when we will see the biggest decline in Windows users.

Windows 8 wont be the end of Microsoft, but it is certainly the beginning of the end of their dominance.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

Some people just seem to be butt hurt because Win8 doesn't seem to be failing like they predicted.

Whether these stats are meaningful or not, 4Million upgrades in four days is pretty impressive.

Yea these figures are rubbish by the way, they mostly encompass Retailer purchases.

Oh and when Steam is ready for Linux, that's when we will see the biggest decline in Windows users.

Windows 8 wont be the end of Microsoft, but it is certainly the beginning of the end of their dominance.

I lol'd

Pan Wah said:

It doesn't matter.

Guest said:

And of all this so called "web traffic", how much is positive.

I am hearing a lot of negative things from people who have upgraded.

Although, I have read some positive things from posters, that I assume

are just Microsoft fanboys or fangirls!

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Some people just seem to be butt hurt because Win8 doesn't seem to be failing like they predicted.

Whether these stats are meaningful or not, 4Million upgrades in four days is pretty impressive.

Yea these figures are rubbish by the way, they mostly encompass Retailer purchases.

Oh and when Steam is ready for Linux, that's when we will see the biggest decline in Windows users.

Windows 8 wont be the end of Microsoft, but it is certainly the beginning of the end of their dominance.

Awwww...

And of all this so called "web traffic", how much is positive.

I am hearing a lot of negative things from people who have upgraded.

Although, I have read some positive things from posters, that I assume

are just Microsoft fanboys or fangirls!

So now since you have no argument, the stats are indeed correct, but now we don't know how many of those say positive things about Windows 8. Ok.

But wait. You say just as with negative things, you've also heard positive things, but you <I>automatically</I> assume the positive things must be fanboys and fangirls? *mind blown*

I could label you as an Apple fanboy for seemingly not liking Windows 8. See, I can play that game too.

Guest said:

It's most likely caused by all those people trying out the Surface tablet at the Microsoft Store and kiosks around malls.

Guest said:

@ lawfer: Yup, because nobody bought Windows 8 without researching it first. Of course people bought it, it's the new Windows. How does that equate to it being a success? Don't get too excited, slow down, remember not to be a selfish lover.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Windows 8 has some neat features but if you are happy with Windows 7 or XP then stick it out for Windows 9 or 10? Windows 8 has some new changes unlike it was with Windows 7. Patch for Surface RT already.. What does that say? Microsoft rush out that device into the market before Xmas. I am waiting to see what happens next.

Guest said:

:eek: ,where did you find these stats ? for sure it's not from StatCounter .

All microsoft mobile operating systems are included in the category of others with popularity not worth mentioning. Also, you concluded, from the same stats, iOS to be the most popular????? :eek::eek: . According to StatCounter, android is by far the most popular and the gap is widen every month.

Guest said:

On a related note, 8 shows 5 times smaller user base than 7 at the same point after the launch... epic fail for the post pc hype, INCLUDING the whole post desktop 8 mess!

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