Windows 8's Market Share is Coming at the Expense of Windows Vista/XP

Paul Lilly

Windows 7 users don't seem to be in a rush to upgrade to Windows 8.

Another month is in the books, and that means we have another opportunity to examine Windows 8's impact on the market. According to Net Market Share , Windows 8's share of the desktop market has slowly crawled to 3.17 percent, up half a percentage point from February and up from a 2.26 percent share in January. What's interesting here is that Windows 7's penetration doesn't seem any worse for wear since Windows 8 debuted five months ago.

Windows 8 launched to the general public on October 26, 2012. By the end of the month, here's how the landscape looked:

  • Windows XP: 40.66 percent
  • Windows Vista: 5.8 percent
  • Windows 7: 44.69 percent
  • Windows 8: 0.41 percent

Here's how things look now:

  • Windows XP: 38.73 percent
  • Windows Vista: 4.99 percent
  • Windows 7: 44.73 percent
  • Windows 8: 3.17 percent

Breaking down the numbers, Windows 8's share of the desktop market has increased 2.76 percent since the end of October. Windows 7, meanwhile, has barely budged, albeit managed to post a slight gain, while Windows XP and Windows Vista have collectively given up 2.74 percent .

Though it's a small sample size (it's only been five months, after all), there's reason for Microsoft to be optimistic. Windows 8 is gaining, and even though it's happening slowly, Windows XP and Vista users who upgrade are showing a willingness to skip over Windows 7.

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