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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 zero2dash on 7/1/2013 12:07:45 PM , Rating: 2
You're still missing the big picture.

Code has to be updated to work post-XP in some cases. Drivers need to be updated - and in a lot of cases, that's not done because the manufacturer has released newer hardware and they refuse to support the legacy hardware. All of this is further gummed up trying to move from x86 to x64 architecture because let's face it, who uses Windows 7 32-bit? The company I work for HAS TO because our POS software (Celerant) is trash, but now that we're going to merge with another company (and have to dump Celerant because it barely supports a company our size, and we're growing post-merger by nearly 600%) we're going to hopefully start buying 64-bit machines once we find out if they're supported.

IT managers will still keep their jobs on XP; tweakers and geeks like us run on the bleeding edge, that's about it. Most home users don't really care because their computer works. Most business users care even less because their computer works and they don't want to try to convince accounting to spend tens of thousands of dollars on new software licenses, new equipment, and paying the development staff 80 hour work weeks to try to make the software work on another OS.

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