Windows 8 continues to gain market share, closes in on Mac OS X 10.8

By on January 21, 2013, 6:00 PM

It was recently revealed that Windows 8 was running on 1.64 percent of all computers worldwide as of December according to data from Net Applications. Here we are just a couple of weeks later and that figure has already jumped to 2.25 percent – good news for Microsoft’s recently-released operating system.

At 2.25 percent, Microsoft is quickly closing in on Mac OS X 10.8 which is installed on 2.43 percent of computers worldwide as of the week of January 13. Furthermore, Windows 8 Touch and Windows 8 RT Touch collectively added another 0.08 percent to Redmond’s market share.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone to see that Windows 7 still has a commanding lead over all other browsers being tracked. Microsoft’s last generation OS was installed on 45.35 percent of all computers worldwide. Windows XP still has a solid user base as well at 38.71 percent while Vista is holding on to 5.06 percent of the market.

The next closest OS is Mac OS X 10.8 at the aforementioned 2.43 percent share. Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7 maintain 1.93 percent and 1.92 percent of the market, respectively. All others including Linux, Windows 2000, Windows NT and Windows 98 combined for 2.35 percent.

As Neowin points out, we will likely see Window 8 market share increase throughout the course of January, partially due to the fact that Microsoft will be offering online upgrades to Windows 8 for just $39.99 through the rest of the month. Come February and beyond, however, it’s anyone’s guess as to how quickly consumers will adopt the new OS.




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Littleczr Littleczr said:

I love windows 8. I installed start dock 8 and been happy ever since.

1 person liked this | St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

It all depends on if corporations adopt Win8 - which seems unlikely.

Guest said:

Wow! It almost as as much of a market share as Linux. Good going Microsoft.

RH00D RH00D said:

Wow! It almost as as much of a market share as Linux. Good going Microsoft.

Linux market share is 1.19% so it's actually getting closer to doubling Linux's share. http://www.netmarketshare.com/linux-market-share

The 2.35 mentioned includes 2000, NT, and 98 as well.

1 person liked this | Win7Dev said:

Companies will probably adopt windows 10 or whatever it will be called. 9 will just be 8 fixed, and ten will be an optimized 9 with some nice new features, at least hopefully.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Well my university which was slow to adopt windows 7 over this weekend installed windows 8 for all the computers at the school. and since we can't customize, it totally sucks

1 person liked this | GuyDalziel GuyDalziel said:

Linux market share is 1.19% so it's actually getting closer to doubling Linux's share. http://www.netmarketshare.com/linux-market-share

It's almost impossible to actually give real numbers of GNU/Linux usage as we're not dealing with the quantity of a product sold. People freely download it from various locations and there is no way to quantify this. linuxcounter.net attempts to try to do so, but with ~100,000 registered users we know this is nowhere close to the total amount of users. We're confident that GNU/Linux usage ranges in the millions.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

There's no compelling reason to switch to Win 8 on desktops. Touch surfaces is another story entirely.

Gary Roberts Gary Roberts said:

I've been using Windows 8 since the beta release in Feb 2012 and now we have 5 computers running Windows 8 exclusively on our home network. We have had no Problems or BSODs and everyone covered the learning curve in less than two weeks. So I'm not surprised that Windows 8 is gaining market share. I believe Windows 8 will continue to gain market share. Windows 8 boots faster than its predecessors, it is much more secure, easily managed using the traditional keyboard and mouse, and it offers more and better features for using computer workstations with multiple monitors.

2 people like this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

Windows 8,...yeah, yeah,

This is to all ya two-bit screen readers

and them Windows 8 boyas...

I'm a tech-spot resident, mind my bashing,

I ain't here trashing, I'm the geek-world president,

If you hear my word, you'll know I'm for real,

So you better listen up, there will be no appeal,

Welcome new MS-OS, Ballmer's child abortion-

Windows 8, just like before, the bathroom-tile version,

Jerk it to the left, jerk it to the right,

Sliding fingers on them screens blurry,

Desktop got shifty, better hold it tight,

Colors from a wet dream, ...the kind of story.

Where to surmise, in my blazing hit, not to be modest,

Windows 8 is a shittt

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I've been using Windows 8 since the beta release in Feb 2012 and now we have 5 computers running Windows 8 exclusively on our home network. We have had no Problems or BSODs and everyone covered the learning curve in less than two weeks. So I'm not surprised that Windows 8 is gaining market share. I believe Windows 8 will continue to gain market share. Windows 8 boots faster than its predecessors, it is much more secure, easily managed using the traditional keyboard and mouse, and it offers more and better features for using computer workstations with multiple monitors.

I find nothing intrinsically wrong with Win 8 as I also use it. It's kinda like kissing your sister, it does nothing to excite you.

1 person liked this | tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

I own Windows 8 Pro, but choose to use Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 instead because pretty much the network devices here is all Windows 7 supported. Once you add the Windows 8 into the mix then you have get like MCE which MS did try to charge me but the Sale Rep told me I could get it for free which I did under the $14 bucks deal.

To me it still looked the same under Windows 7 MCE. I feel if you want to use Windows 8 you need to buy a touch screen monitor if your going to use it on a desktop system. Windows Tablets which I was testing Windows 8 Preview for many months was okay still not 100%. Windows 8 and TCP.sys still about the same as it was with Windows 7. You can fix it so it can have more Sessions Connections instead of the default 10.

I set it to 50 on this system. Also 8 has RTO set 3000 you can have the same feature on Windows 7 but I had wrote a script to change the settings in Window 8 and also in Windows 7 do RTO in 7 is set 1000 instead of 3000 like it was in Windows 8. So now 7 is as quick as 8 is. As too boot times will vary when you start off with 8 and 7. Again all of that can be fixed too.

Windows 8 leaves behind Windows 7 GUI and gives you some different, just have to get use to the new different way to move around in Windows 8. But for me I am sticking with 7 until I see better improvement in files system and clean-up of files, registry, and fragments seems to be the same in Windows 8 like it was in Windows 7. Microsoft needs to have a Smart Clean-up system to keep Memory, VRM, defrag and other junk files clean-up. This issue hasn't gone away folks and you need programs to clean-up after Windows Updates. Just gets too messy still.

Recommend programs that freeware are:

1. Slim Cleaner

2. Jet Clean

3. UnCleaner (this one gets to the root of Windows sub system junk files)

Manually run the 3 except for the first 1 will run automatically the other 2 best to run them by manual control.

Keep Windows 7 or 8 clean and your system will run like it should alway. Forget to do the clean-up and Windows 8 will start to slow down.. Like it does in Windows 7. But my system is quick and Windows 7 is kept clean.

jimsing59 jimsing59 said:

Downtown Pittsburgh James has been testing the reliability of Windows 8 for about a year and I must say there is a learning curve but, the enhancements over Windows 7 should not be overlooked. I am starting a list of these enhancements and here is what I got so far:

Improved Windows Defender

Windows 8 UI (Metro) & Apps

New Task Manager

Microsoft Drive Optimizer

File History

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot Natively

Start Screen

39.99USD Upgrade

Built-in Adobe Flash

Lock Screen

Internet Explorer 10

Enhanced Download Manager

Advanced Sign-in Options

Touch Interface

Social Integration

Excellent Backward Compatibility

File Explorer (formerly Windows Explorer)

Faster Boot

Sync Settings across Devices

Boot from USB Flash Drive

What am I missing?

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

What am I missing?
One of the lines on the list will soon need to be edited.

39.99USD Upgrade

To be honest, I didn't think booting to a USB flash drive was anything new. For the other options on the list, I personally don't see anything compelling me to try Windows 8. Maybe that will change, once I finally decide to fork out the cash for a touch enabled display.

havok585 havok585 said:

I love windows 8. I installed start dock 8 and been happy ever since.

Like he said (especially if u have an SSD, only W8 offers full TRIM support) with stardock8 u have windows 7 interface + latest OS, all in one.

havok585 havok585 said:

Linux market share is 1.19% so it's actually getting closer to doubling Linux's share. http://www.netmarketshare.com/linux-market-share

It's almost impossible to actually give real numbers of GNU/Linux usage as we're not dealing with the quantity of a product sold. People freely download it from various locations and there is no way to quantify this. linuxcounter.net attempts to try to do so, but with ~100,000 registered users we know this is nowhere close to the total amount of users. We're confident that GNU/Linux usage ranges in the millions.

Bullshit, every OS with a browser can be identified which OS is installed and that feedback is send back to these sites, just like your TV channels are giving info automatically back to distributor.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Downtown Pittsburgh James has been testing the reliability of Windows 8 for about a year and I must say there is a learning curve but, the enhancements over Windows 7 should not be overlooked. I am starting a list of these enhancements and here is what I got so far:

Improved Windows Defender

Windows 8 UI (Metro) & Apps

New Task Manager

Microsoft Drive Optimizer

File History

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot Natively

Start Screen

39.99USD Upgrade

Built-in Adobe Flash

Lock Screen

Internet Explorer 10

Enhanced Download Manager

Advanced Sign-in Options

Touch Interface

Social Integration

Excellent Backward Compatibility

File Explorer (formerly Windows Explorer)

Faster Boot

Sync Settings across Devices

Boot from USB Flash Drive

What am I missing?

I dunno... Maybe something really useful like a media player.

Littleczr Littleczr said:

Downtown Pittsburgh James has been testing the reliability of Windows 8 for about a year and I must say there is a learning curve but, the enhancements over Windows 7 should not be overlooked. I am starting a list of these enhancements and here is what I got so far:

Improved Windows Defender

Windows 8 UI (Metro) & Apps

New Task Manager

Microsoft Drive Optimizer

File History

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot Natively

Start Screen

39.99USD Upgrade

Built-in Adobe Flash

Lock Screen

Internet Explorer 10

Enhanced Download Manager

Advanced Sign-in Options

Touch Interface

Social Integration

Excellent Backward Compatibility

File Explorer (formerly Windows Explorer)

Faster Boot

Sync Settings across Devices

Boot from USB Flash Drive

What am I missing?

I like the improved USB file transfer user interface.

Guest said:

"There's no compelling reason to switch to Win 8 on desktops. Touch surfaces is another story entirely."

There's no compelling reason for touch surfaces either imho. Neither OS's are good for tablets.

The only positive differences I've noticed over Win 7 on my tablet are: Faster wake up from sleep, Wifi connects fast and it detects the keyboard fast.

Other than that, Boot times are about the same once programs are installed, start screen is pointless and creates more problems than it solves, easiest apparent way to turn off wifi is with AMD Vision, OS maintenance/updates without user knowledge, which is a problem because it causes your tablet to slow up and there is no obvious reason why, Windows 8 keyboard is missing Ctrl, touchscreen isn't as responsive as it is in Win7, possibly do to loading....probably a few more things.

Neither OS has many playable games in tablet mode and the few there are mostly suck. Also there is no way to have an on-screen controller.

This is just off the top of my head for the 2 weeks I've been using it.

1 person liked this | St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Here are my responses to this list of 'enhancements':

I am starting a list of these enhancements and here is what I got so far:

Improved Windows Defender - it's just in-built by default, AFAIK

Windows 8 UI (Metro) & Apps - Metro isn't exactly an enhancement, just different

New Task Manager - hell yes

Microsoft Drive Optimizer - I haven't had a look at this yet

File History - a good implementation of shadow protect for home users

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot Natively

Start Screen - honestly, since there is no other option, this is a hinderance

39.99USD Upgrade - moot point, as price is going up

Built-in Adobe Flash - a good idea, but can be installed easily

Lock Screen - not applicable to desktops, and doesn't allow enough customisation

Internet Explorer 10 - hmm, is it even coming to Win7? Either way, it's a step forward

Enhanced Download Manager - unsure

Advanced Sign-in Options - optional, good feature for home users

Touch Interface - coupled with metro, sure. But there are zero improvements for desktop mode

Social Integration - no apps to share with yet (FB)

Excellent Backward Compatibility - nope. Win8 just uses compatibility mode. A lot of things simply don't work, that did under Win7

File Explorer (formerly Windows Explorer) - a good improvement

Faster Boot - I'm not sure on the actual, real numbers. Win8 hibernates by default and I see no mention of numbers with this disabled.

Sync Settings across Devices - this can be annoying as no option to disable sync per device ..?

Boot from USB Flash Drive - not related to OS

What am I missing?

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

If people want to switch to Win 8 for their desktops it's entirely up to them. I personally use both W7 & W8 and it really makes no difference to me but if you were to ask me which one I prefer I'd say W7 but hey, that's just me. Apart from the obvious differences I find that performance wise, they are identical. I can't see or count nano & micro seconds.

haloosinayeshun haloosinayeshun said:

I love windows 8. I installed start dock 8 and been happy ever since.

You're telling me I have to install third-party software in order to have a functional OS?

Yeah, nothing wrong about that at all...

Littleczr Littleczr said:

You're telling me I have to install third-party software in order to have a functional OS?

Yeah, nothing wrong about that at all...

Well, if you have windows 7 you can upgrade for $39.99 and start dock only cost $4.99 with constant updates that is still a very good deal.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Well, if you have windows 7 you can upgrade for $39.99 and start dock only cost $4.99 with constant updates that is still a very good deal.

That would be $44.98 and you are back to square one.

Ohh wait I almost forgot Windows 7 doesn't have squares and the additional $4.99 is to get rid of them in Windows 8.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

There are some other niceities(sp?) about Windows 8. Immensely better Task Manager (7's isn't really any different than NT4's from 1996), more informative copy boxes, ability to pause file transfers, faster startup/shutdown (even if it is hybridized so what its still faster than 7).

Now, are these improvements worth the money + needing to install an app to get a start menu back? That is what the core of the discussions should be about, because if you get rid of Metro it IS better than 7 on a desktop. It just might not be worth the price.

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