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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 Apone on 7/1/2013 3:21:09 PM , Rating: 2
@ tayb

In my experience butting heads with IT with previous employers, it often comes down to politics. Management has an "if ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality towards upgrading aging computers, servers, etc. until the last possible second when they realize it might compromise day-to-day business productivity, IT security, etc. In my employer's case, they decided to begin Win 7 adoption & deployment when Microsoft declared it would end XP support in 2014.

At one point, I remember I had to do some crazy asking/lobbying/nagging/head-butting to score a 24" LED LCD work computer monitor as I regularly had to update spreadsheets and do extensive comparison product site research and needed side-by-side windows viewing.

Yeah I agree it sucks, but it is what it is.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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