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Windows 8 Now Has More Market Share Than Vista

 

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The latest market share for all computer operating systems from Net Applications for June 2013 just came in. Windows XP has 37.17% market share, Windows Vista has 4.62% share, Windows 7 has a 44.37% market share, and Windows 8 now has 5.1% share. Windows has 91.89% total, Mac OS X has 6.94% share, and Linux has a 1.17% share.

The obvious big news here is that Windows 8 has finally gained more ground than Vista. Back in 2006, Vista had the same problem Windows 8 now has, but for different reasons. Windows Vista just plain didn’t work and had thousands of bugs, and this time Windows 8 is confusing to consumers who don’t know what the difference between the new “Modern” look and the regular desktop are.

It’s good that it has also eaten away at XP as well, since all support for that operating system ends on April 8th, 2014. Now for a personal note. My parents actually like Windows 8, as it has improved the speed of their computers. They miss the start button, but thankfully Windows 8.1 (a free update) comes out later this year and the start button is back. These market share metrics are always interesting.

Source: Net Applications

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  1. Why not let Vista users upgrade free to Windows 8 ! This will increase Windows 8 share ( Windows 7 users may not switch even for free). This will also assure new Windows 8 buyers that Microsoft will help by mitigating the risk.

  2. The statement ‘Windows Vista just plain didn’t work”, though probably accepted by most, is not accurate. Vista had problems, terrible driver problems at first. But, it worked on some computers, and over time worked just as well on computers as any other OS. What Vista really had was a marketing problem, as does Windows 8. An article about that might be very interesting. There is no real value to keep repeating inaccurate comments, Matthew. There is real value in talking about things truthfully.

  3. Vista didn’t have “thousands” of bugs, and it wasn’t so much a crap fail operating system. Vista’s main problem was that drivers were not ready at release and most computers that it was installed on were made for Windows XP. Vista arrived in a world where 256mb or 512mb of ram was the norm when to run decently the system actually needed 1 – 2gigs of ram to run effectively. This combined with the fact that Aero needed a good video subsystem to work made computers built mainly for Windows XP appear to be sluggish and non-responsive. Both of these, drivers and weak hardware, were Microsoft’s fault for not communicating the actual system requirements to consumers and not working more closely with key hardware partners to get drivers ready at or near the OSes release.

    Flash forward a few years to Windows 7’s release when computers were coming standard with 2 or even 4 gigs of Ram and intergrated graphics had moved forward by leaps and bounds and you have what seems to be a very good OS. Now go and install Vista on any computer built for Windows 7 and you’ll notice that it runs very well. Vista wasn’t a bad OS and was basically Windows 7 without a few tweaks and added features.

    Windows 8 on the other hand is a hybrid tablet/desktop OS that has an interface designed to run on tablets and was dropped into a non-touchscreen interface world. This is the main problem. It isn’t a horrible OS and actually runs on par or a little faster than Windows 7 but the ecosystem isn’t ready for it and this, again is Microsoft’s fault for pushing 1 operating system for two different computing philosophies.

  4. I have a new laptop with Win 8 and I like the fast startup and shut down. The current start menu is almost useless. I just boot to the desktop and skip it. Widows 8 would be fantastic if they gave you the option to boot with the old start button and menu.
    Windows 8.1 will have a start button that takes you to the new start screen, nothing like the old start menu. They have a great operating system in Windows 8 and have made it pretty much useless and confusing.
    How hard could it be to have the system detect a mouse or touchpad on start up and boot accordingly?

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