Windows 8 vs. Windows 7 market share growth

Last Updated on Thursday, 3 January 2013 02:31 Written by admin Thursday, 3 January 2013 02:31

Or lack thereof.


Windows 8 is not exactly jumping off store shelves. Or jumping in terms of market share. In fact, market share-wise, Windows 8 is nothing short of crawling along, but certainly in no position to make a dent in the domination of established OSes.


According to Net Applications, Windows 8’s usage share only climbed as high as 1.72% in December 2012, up from 1.09% the month before, and the first after general release. In the process, Windows 8’s usage share, surpassed that of Linux, which is a victory of quixotesque proportions in itself, and absolutely nothing to trumpet to the world about.


Why not? Let’s just look at Windows 7’s usage share in the months following its launch. Back in October 2009, some 2.18% of the users tracked by Net Applications has already made the jump to Windows 7. Coincidentally, October 2009 was also the month when Windows 7 hit general availability. But there’s really no way to blame users from rushing to drop Vista like a bad habit, is there?


November 2009 saw Windows 7’s usage share explode to no less than 4.06%, four time that of Linux at the time, only to grow to 5.80% by the end of that December.


Fast forward to December 2012 and Windows 7 is the most used operating system on the market with a share of 45.11%, and still growing, from 44.71% in November, and 44.69% the month before that.


Anyone in the mood to start calling Windows 8 Vista 2.0?