Windows 8 Is Finally More Popular Than Vista

    July 1, 2013
    Zach Walton
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Since launch, Windows 8 has been hounded by an unavoidable fact – Windows Vista was still on more computers. The certifiable flop of an operating system had been all but abandoned with the launch of Windows 7, but Windows 8 struggled to surpass even the measly marketshare that Vista was still clinging onto.

After months of fighting for measly gains, Windows 8 has finally emerged victorious over Vista. The latest report from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 marketshare is now at 5.10 percent whereas Vista is at 4.62 percent.

Windows Vista and 8 still can’t hold a candle to their predecessors, however, as Windows XP and 7 still own a vast majority of the marketshare. Windows XP is currently sitting at 37.17 percent and Windows 7 is at 44.37 percent. Of course, it should be noted that Windows XP and 7 are both seeing small month-over-month declines, but nothing drastic.

Going back to Windows 8, this is actually a pretty big deal for the OS. Sure, it’s not growing as fast as Microsoft wishes it was, but it’s at least finally out of the shadow of Vista. Now Microsoft can build upon its latest releases, including Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1, which was made available in Preview form last week, is going to be incredibly important for Microsoft going forward. More and more people will start ditching their Windows XP machines sooner or later, and then they will start looking for a new machine. The rise in tablets means that they will probably go mobile and Windows 8.1’s support of smaller form factors means that it can sell cheap Windows 8 machines to consumers looking for a cheaper alternative to the iPad.

It still remains to be seen what the future holds for Windows 8. The release of Windows 8.1 and cheaper tablets/PCs may increase its marketshare dramatically as we head into the holiday season. It could also just continue to flounder as Windows PCs continue to lose marketshare to Android and iOS devices. I’m sure Microsoft will be working to make sure the former happens.

[h/t: The Next Web]
  • Asok Asus

    At this rate, Windows 8 will be lucky to have 20% by the time Windows 9 rolls out! Clearly, this is an EXTREMELY poor showing when you consider practically the only Windows PC available to retail consumers for nine months have been Windows 8 machines, not to mention these numbers INCLUDE Windows 8 slabs, a category not available to Vista when it was being adopted.

  • jwchenard

    It’s interesting, given all the blather about “convergence” that MS produces, that this comparison is only of OS’s for the “desktop”, which I think is intended here to mean for conventional PC’s, and maybe also Laptops and Netbooks.

    There were something north of 100 Million Win 8 licences sold as of a few days ago, so that suggests about 900 Million Win7 and 800 Million XP systems in use, about 20 million Linux, and somewhat more than 100 Million for all Apple OS’s combined.

    This fails to point out, however, that there are more licensed copies of Android than ANY of the OS’s in the chart, including the still-dominant Window 7. And really, that’s MS’s problem, isn’t it?

    With XP now 12 years old and going strong (including the PC I’m typing this on), I’m willing to bet that Windows 8 will NEVER capture anything even close to the market share that XP still has now.