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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 kmmatney on 7/1/2013 12:01:05 PM , Rating: 2
From my own personal experience (programmer and system builder for a small company), I haven't found Windows 7 or 8 to be any more stable than Windows XP. They've all been very stable, to be honest. We build machines for the Fab semiconductor industry, which run 24/7, and need stability, and XP has been good. We are just now transitioning to Windows 7, but I still see plenty of Fab systems running on Windows NT, 2000 or ancient versions of Linux.

I'm sure many other industries (medical for example) are the same, and it takes a lot of time and manpower to qualify a new OS. We have many customers with "copy-exact" policies, and getting a new OS takes 6-12 months of testing, and lots of red tape going through many levels of management. It's a real hassle.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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