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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 4:43:40 PM , Rating: 2
At my company we are switching to Windows 7/8 as people get new computers. The transition of our desktop machines went quite easily - a few hiccups, but we were able to get our own in-house software to work in Windows 7, and making the transition gradual helped fix problems early.

However the actual products we sell are X-ray machines, which require a lot of third party devices - Imaging cards, data acquisition, and motion controllers). It wasn't until recently that they came out with 64-bit compatible software, and of course they all made it incompatible with the old software, so now we have to rewrite everything. We are finally rolling out Windows 32-bit, but it will be at least a year before we can go to 64-bit. These are X-ray machines, and need months of testing and validation. Switching to a new OS is not always easy...

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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