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[CNET] Windows 8 ekes out 3.2 percent of desktop OS market

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Windows 8 is slowly carving out a slightly larger slice of the OS market.

The latest flavor of Windows captured 3.17 percent of all desktop OS traffic tracked by Net Applications in March. That was a small gain from the 2.67 percent share in February.

Since its official debut last October, Windows 8 has very gradually risen up the ranks, at least in Net Applications' Web traffic reports.

Starting with a 1.09 percent share in November, the OS carved out a 1.72 percent share in December. It then grabbed a 2.26 percent share in January, pushing it past Mac OS X 10.8 to take the fourth spot among all operating systems.

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post #2 of 83
Seems really slow, I'd like to see comparison numbers for Win 7 adoption rate at the same time frame.

XP still has a huge market lol..
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38% still with XP? I hope that's corporate environments (although that doesn't make it a home deal better)
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I agree that 38% seems very large for windows XP, considering it's over a decade old now eek.gif
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Less winXP, more linux!
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Your average consumer and especially corporations won't upgrade if they don't feel the need to. Windows 7 is obviously a superior OS to XP, but this just goes to show you that something being superior doesn't mean they'll bite.
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seems like no one is buying new computers then, as they all come with Windows 8, and 99.9% of people do not know how to install another OS, nor does that thought come into their head

cause whether they like 8 or not, they don't have a choice
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doesn't mean Windows 8 is bad, nor does it mean windows 7 is better. It just means that people with Windows 7 already have PC's that run just fine. Anybody who bought a desktop sometime in the last 2 years is going to have either an i5 or an i7 inside that thing with 8 gigs of ram and a terabyte hard drive. They have no reason to buy a new desktop. Not until it's too slow, in which case they'll buy a new PC with whatever windows version is preinstalled
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post #9 of 83
Apparently those 38.73% don't realize that XP will become a gaping security hole next year as Microsoft is finally dropping support for it. Probably they're mainly 3rd world countries, those folks who have been using the same computer for 8 years, large corporations, and those that are too stubborn to move on to a better OS that is Windows 7. I mean, heck, Vista only has a small fraction of the market share.
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seems like no one is buying new computers then, as they all come with Windows 8, and 99.9% of people do not know how to install another OS, nor does that thought come into their head

cause whether they like 8 or not, they don't have a choice

It would be nice if they did give a choice. I think it was with the launch of Vista, you had the option in some cases to have XP installed on machines instead.
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