Windows 8's usage uptake falls further behind Vista's
Difference between the two operating systems' early adoption stats widens in January
Computerworld - Windows 8 fell further behind the pace of Windows Vista's uptake last month, a metric company said today, even as usage share of the new operating system continued to slowly climb.
Statistics from Net Applications showed that Windows 8's January share was 2.5% of all Windows PCs, up from December's 1.9%. When what the analytics firm tagged as "touch" for Windows 8 and Windows RT were added, the January total rose slightly to 2.6%.
Because Net Applications measures operating system usage share by tallying unique visitors to websites, the "touch" numbers reflected browsers -- overwhelmingly Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) -- run from the user interface once named "Metro" on Windows 8 and Windows RT.
Even so, Windows 8 share lagged behind the 3.3% share that Vista scored after its third full month of availability. In fact, last month's seven-tenths of a point gap between the two was more than double the difference of three-tenths of a point in December, indicating that Windows 8 is not only not matching Vista's pace, but failing further behind.
Windows 8's inability to match Vista's usage, first seen last month, is an ill omen for Microsoft's new operating system. Vista has been pegged a failure -- Microsoft itself has not bothered to mention the OS for years -- because of its lackluster adoption. Associations with that flop, rather than with the triumphs of Windows XP and Windows 7, increasingly paint Windows 8 as a failure thus far.
Another troubling sign for Windows 8 is that its gains month-by-month have slowed slightly since its release. In January, for example, Windows 8 grew by a smaller amount than it did in either November or December 2012.
On the brighter side, the operating system has increased not only month by month, but within January, week by week. During the week ending Jan. 26, for instance, Windows 8 recorded a usage share of 2.7% of all Windows systems, up from the previous weeks' 2.4% and 2.2%.
But Windows 8's prospects remain extremely dim when compared with Windows 7. By the end of Windows 7's third month of availability, the 2009 edition powered 8.2% of all Windows machines, or more than three times Windows 8's current share.
Microsoft has maintained that sales of Windows 8 licenses have matched those of Windows 7 at the same point in its release cycle. But Net Applications' numbers are at odds with that claim.
- China calls the iPhone and iOS 7 threats to national security
- Russian Windows leaker denies link to ex-Microsoft worker who stole trade secrets
- Patch alert: Update browsers' Flash ASAP to block log-on theft
- Microsoft slates critical IE, Windows patches for Tuesday
- Windows 8 uptake sags, flirts with flop
- Update: Skype to retire recent editions for Windows, Mac; upgrades mandatory
- The enterprise PC: Not quite dead yet
- Microsoft strips some Windows 7 users of IE11 patch privileges
- Microsoft withholds monster IE update from Windows 8.1 dawdlers
- XPocalypse, not now
- Microsoft Private Cloud--Making it Real Cloud computing is happening. It is being driven by the exponential growth in modern applications, data and devices. These trends require organizations to...
- A Strategy for moving IT into the era of cloud computing In the Dell point of view, the cloud represents both the natural evolution of the data center and the future of IT service...
- Don't ignore Windows Server 2003 End of Support until it' too late! Today's business environments are very different to those of 10 years ago. Windows Server 2003 has been a trusted friend for over a...
- 5 PC Hardware Innovations that Pay Off for Business Refresh cycles have been extended for many companies over the last few years. Just because a PC still works, doesn't mean it's providing...
- Top 4 Digital Signage Fails Join RMG Networks for a look at four of the most common reasons digital signage fails in corporate businesses. Learn about strategies to...
- Mastering the Art of Mobile Content Management Mobile device usage in the enterprise has skyrocketed in recent years, and it continues to escalate. All Windows White Papers | Webcasts
Our new weekly Consumerization of IT newsletter covers a wide range of trends including BYOD, smartphones, tablets, MDM, cloud, social and what it all means for IT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!