StatCounter data says Windows 8 has overtaken Android in web traffic

By Shawn Knight ยท 25 replies
Nov 7, 2012
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  1. 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...

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    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Well that was fast
  3. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

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

    brutalbarbarian TS Rookie

    When did Statcounter = MS?

  5. jrielrjs

    jrielrjs TS Rookie

    Wow! This is impressive. I'm part of this stat and I love my Windows 8 PC.
    m4a4 and treeski like this.
  6. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Apparently, the day you realize millions of people actually like and use a product you happen not to like...
    m4a4 likes this.
  7. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 781   +235

    Still on Windows 7 for the time being. Pretty good job by MS I must admit.
  8. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    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?
  9. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    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.
  10. edzuslv

    edzuslv TS Rookie

    Not really. You can genereta high traffic by only yourself. They are talking about traffic not real host count.
  11. 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.....
  12. raybk

    raybk TS Rookie Posts: 31

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

    peeramid TS Rookie

    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.
  14. TekGun

    TekGun TS Booster Posts: 162   +25

    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.
  15. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    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...
  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    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.
  17. Divvet

    Divvet TS Member Posts: 57   +19

    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.
  18. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    I lol'd
  19. Pan Wah

    Pan Wah TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +27

    It doesn't matter.
  20. 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!
  21. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91


    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.
  22. It's most likely caused by all those people trying out the Surface tablet at the Microsoft Store and kiosks around malls.
  23. @ 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.
  24. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    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.
  25. :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.

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