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Windows 8's biggest gain was less than a percent

Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, which has been out since October, hasn’t exactly been incredibly popular and has been pointed to as one of the reasons that the overall PC market is on the decline.

Now that we are finished with the first half of 2013, Windows 8 has continued to steadily grow its market share as Windows XP and Windows Vista have been on the decline. According to new data from Net Applications, Windows 8 has now passed the 5% adoption mark and is now more widely used than Windows Vista.

During June, Windows 8 gained 0.83% increasing from 4.27% to 5.10%. At the same time, Windows 7 usage fell by 0.48% declining from 48.5% to 44.37% of the market. The paltry gain for June was Windows 8's biggest gain for 2013.

Net Applications’ data was captured from 160 million unique visitors each month and clean from the monitoring of about 40,000 websites for clients.
Microsoft is hoping for a further uptick in adoption when the final version of Windows 8.1 airs later this year.

Sources: The Next Web, Net Applications

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By Brandon Hill on 7/1/2013 9:30:39 AM , Rating: 2
My father-in-law works for BOA, and they are just now upgrading the systems in his department from Windows XP to Windows 7.

By Brandon Hill on 7/1/2013 10:07:37 AM , Rating: 1
Wow, my FIL is going to kill me. I had a brain fart; he works for Wells Fargo :)

By dgingerich on 7/1/2013 11:11:48 AM , Rating: 2
What I couldn't believe was when I heard from a friend in the IT industry picking up a contract to upgrade a company from Windows 2000 to Windows Vista shortly after Windows 7 had come out. Seriously? What IT manager would be so much of a masochist to keep going on Windows 2000 that long, and then move to Windows Vista??

By Akrovah on 7/1/2013 1:17:49 PM , Rating: 2
One that wanted to push Linux or Mac adoption?

By GTVic on 7/1/2013 1:36:55 PM , Rating: 4
That is quite easy to understand. A transition can take one or two years including preparation time. There is no way they could switch to Windows 7 just as it came out.

By Sazabi19 on 7/1/2013 11:15:48 AM , Rating: 3
Where I work in local govt. we have around 10k+ devices, most running XP. We are trying to transition to Win7 but it is incredibly hard. Most of the apps our public safety guys use is home grown and is taking a long time to be compatible with 7. We are also going from 32 to 64 bit. We have to make sure all programs in a dept. are compatible with 7 and test out ok. We have been trying to do this for over a year and a half. It just takes a long time.

By damianrobertjones on 7/1/2013 4:46:13 PM , Rating: 3
Two words:

XP Mode

RE: I cannot believe so many people are still on XP
By Fritzr on 7/1/2013 9:06:38 PM , Rating: 2
For those not aware of this feature...

Win7 Pro and higher can download a free VM+XP that will allow WinXP software to appear to run seamlessly under Win7. What really happens is that a Win7 icon runs a WinXP program on a virtual PC running XP.

The Win7 Pro license includes an XP license, but it is up to the user to go to Microsoft and download the XP VM.

This VM is Win7 only ... it will NOT work under Win8. You can continue to run an XP VM under Win8, but it will require a different VM and an XP license.

RE: I cannot believe so many people are still on XP
By Nyu on 7/2/2013 1:45:43 AM , Rating: 2
that crap never worked properly for me. go vmware/vbox

By Adonlude on 7/2/2013 1:12:37 PM , Rating: 2
If this is a real metric they might as well thrown windows 98 and win2K up there as well for amusement.

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