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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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Lease Cycle
By GTVic on 7/1/2013 1:46:29 PM , Rating: 2
Most corporations/governments work on a lease cycle that is typically 3 years that often extends to 5 or longer when funds to upgrade are not available. Even though the leasing cost doesn't change when old computers are swapped for new, the swap can cost millions, maybe $1,000 per computer if my memory is correct.

The government I worked for was "progressive" and went with Vista on the last change over. Looking back, it was a disaster. The new Core computers at the time were often 15-25% slower in terms of raw GHz than the previous 3+GHz machines and together with Vista's bottlenecks created computers that took 4 or 5 minutes or longer to fully boot up. They often ran older programs slower than the older computers.

I'm sure if the managers would have known the results ahead of time they would have stucks with XP and therefore we would be still using XP today. So the amount of XP computers in corporate and government is understandable.

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