Windows 8 Gains Ground, Scurries Past Mac OS X in Market Share

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mtbdude641

im using windows 8 on my netbook and windows 7 on my desktop, would be using windows 8 on my desktop too but it keeps crashing so will be trying it again once i get new hardware.

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AndreRio

I think you guys are forgetting something, Microsoft has plans on get rid of the desktop for good in the near future.

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PCWolf

True. But the XBox One was going to be a DRM/NSA Gaming Machine that called the mother ship 1x day. Video Gamer revolt made them do a complete 360 on all their stupid plans. If we PC users do the same thing, We can make sure the Desktop never goes away. No matter how much MS may want to get rid of it & replace it with their stupid Touch Interface. If we stay quiet & don't speak up, we will indeed lose the desktop. But now, I'm more worried about their stupid Cloud OS plans.

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livebriand

Let's see here... I'm running Windows 7 on my desktop (which is about to be replaced anyway), and the 8.1 beta on my netbook. I'll probably upgrade the netbook to 8.1 RTM when it comes out, but am still debating getting an 8.1 laptop or an rMBP (yes, using OS X) to replace the desktop. I'm waiting for the high-DPI 8.1 machines to come out first.

I never did upgrade to 8 though.

You have to love the spam filter here though - it rejects this post on the basis of it looking like spam, and then lets plenty of actual spam though.

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Jeffredo

It'll be interesting in April with MS hangs 25-30 percent of PC users out to dry when they stop supporting XP. It won't affect me (both my PCs are on Win 7 64bit), but I have a disabled family member who's on XP who and too poor to upgrade her six year old Athlon X2 5200+ PC.

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davelray

Ending support of a 12 year old operating system is hardly hanging anyone out to dry...

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

It's not as if those computers instantly explode. I'm sure M$ would love that, but it's not the end of the world.

Sorry....

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SPreston2001

Ok ill bite. I used to hate Win8 and bash it every chance I got but after using it for a few months and installing Start8 its definetely a little better than W7. Sure it has a learning curve but its nothing too major. Start8 really makes it how it should be by adding the start button (a true start button). Give it a chance and dont focus on the start screen. The start screen can be useful with all the different apps and such though!!

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PCWolf

Some of my Games & Programs do not like windows 8. & Since Windows 8 offers me nothing I need, I'm staying on windows 7.

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Wingzero_x

I liked 8, but unfortunately a few of my programs didn't. Namely the Call of Duty series that for some reason wouldn't recognize the keyboard/mouse inputs.

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macmooda

It is funny because I was the same way. I hated windows 8. But I installed Start8 and boom. The os is great!!. I do not and still will not use the metro interface. But if you can use it like the windows of old, it is a very good os.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I use 7 and XP. I'll never use 8, and I won't use a cloud OS, so 9 and 10 are out.

As Microsoft transitions to a "devices and services" company, it will become increasingly irrelevant to my professional and personal computing needs.

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kixofmyg0t

Running Windows 8 on my desktop, still have 7 on my laptop...which I haven't used in months.

In fact in the last couple years, I've used my Xoom tablet more than any Windows 7 machine.

Looking forward to Windows 8.1. It'll hopefully shut the crying babies up by giving them their precious start button back. Who woulda thought that by adding some colored tiles to something they rarely ever spent any time in before would cause the PC equivalent of WW3.

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SPreston2001

8.1 wont bring back the start button it merely places a shortcut to the W8 start menu in the lower corner lol. It wont be a traditional start button.

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AFDozerman

Is there a chance that the surface price drops and a resulting increase in adoption could have caused this?

Also, since we're all chiming in with OS stats, main rig is Win8 for gaming, Linux Mint for power user mode, and on the home server, FreeBSD. HTPC is PS3.

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Renegade Knight

I have 8, and 98/95 for gaming. One of these days I'll finish the Panzer General Series and I can drop my 98/95 machines.

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Asterixx

I bought my newest laptop a few weeks before Win 8 went retail. I actually did this on purpose - this way I could get Win7, but had a free upgrade path to Win 8 if I wanted to. Based on reviews and a little fiddling with Win8 at Future Shop I decided to keep 7 for now. Next laptop will probably run 8.x, but it will most assuredly feature touch capabilities...

I think this may be the case with a lot of people. Windows 7 works well enough, and there are no "breakthrough" reasons, neither hardware nor OS, to compel people to upgrade. Win 8 will gain share when people's current computers start shitting the bed...

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mpyusko

Linux. Win7x64pro if I HAVE to, under a VirtualBox of course.

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TheFrawg

Just installed Win 8.1 on my desktop yesterday. It's far better than 8. I still don't like charms, but I'm getting used to 8.1 and learning where to find everything I need.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

Paul, i see you bundled win7 and xp market share together. im curious to know if XP still has more marketshare than win8 lol

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Paul_Lilly

On second glance I can see where that might look confusing, but that 45.63 percent figure is for Windows 7 only, not XP and 7 combined. XP accounts for 33.66 percent (or a third) of all Windows PCs.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

i find that incredible. as someone in IT support, I cant wait until April XD
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx

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d3v

@HiGHRoLLeR038:
They'll probably extend that. I don't think they can afford to alienate 30% of all PC users.

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jnite

Windows 7 on Desktop. Windows 8 on Laptop. My previous laptop with Win 7 on it died. So I had to buy a new one with 8. That's a reason I can't take these percentage increases too seriously. It's naturally going to increase considering Windows puts 8 on new computers by default.

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big_montana

And you can still purchase new laptops with Windows 7, just not from best Buy, as you have to purchase form the manufacturer direct and order the downgrade to Win 7. Which I do not take people seriously who do downgrade.

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jnite

I should rephrase. I know it's still possible to buy laptops with Windows 7, but most stores aren't going to put much if any focus on them. The majority are going to be the new OS, not the old one. You would have to hunt to find one with 7 that also has modern hardware. It's going to be all about the newest OS. That's what I meant by default (don't know a better term to use). Most average customers aren't going to bother with the hunt for an older OS, or customize their PC kind of like you mentioned.

That's why I can't take percentages about how Windows 8 or any new OS seriously. It the primary OS that is being sold with most new computers, so of course it's going to higher and higher over time, because most are just going to buy whatever the newest default OS is.

Hope that makes sense. I'm a bit tired at the moment so I'm having trouble trying to put this into writing.

The only reason I didn't buy a Windows 7 laptop was because the one I got was a very good deal for the high specs (I keep an eye out on deal sites). Plus I am already familiar with Classic Start/Classic Shell, which makes working with Windows 8 a lot easier. Also, I wanted to have a first hand experience with the newest OS. I do repair work with them so it helps to actually use the OS that I'll have to work on.

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Neufeldt2002

I think the only reason it is going ahead is because of lack of choice. If I had to purchase a new pc, I would go apple with OS X before I would go to 8 unless I couldn't afford it. Some will be in that boat, and others will be in the my pc broke and I need a new one, but I think consumers have made it very clear that no one is purposely going out to buy Win 8.

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Renegade Knight

Apple's laptop designs leave me wishing they took good design seriously. Mac PC Keyboards have most of the same keys as a Windows Keyboard but their Laptops lack Home, End, Page Up, Page Down and Backspace (Or is it Delete?). I use those keys.

Having tries OS X and finding it lacking for my purposes. I'll stick with 8. We shall see about 9. 8 is better than 7 but it's also showing some disturbing proprietary trends.

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Baer

An Ultrabook W/touch and a Surface Pro with Win 8 (although I find myself using the desktop 95% of the time) and two desktops with Win 7.

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xRadeon

That cupcake looks tasty. Haha.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

So a 2% increase is cake worthy?

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Paul_Lilly

No, but it does earn a cupcake.

Gotta give credit where it's due -- it's the biggest percentage jump since the OS came out, and it skipped ahead of Mac OS X.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Fair enough.

But that's still like saying you beat up the scrawny, malnourished kid down the street and expect a pat on the back. Yes, I know it's a metric to compare against but it's still hardly noteworthy. What I'd really like to know is how that 2% gain came to be. Was it from off-the-shelf purchases or new system sales?

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Renegade Knight

And here I thought Apple was the largest computing device company on the planet these days.

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d3v

@renegade knight: Not for actual computers.

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Jox

DeltaFIVEengineer - "...or new system sales?"

And more importantly: if it was from sales of new systems, what percentage didn't switch to another OS?

These sales metrics are bogus. The only number that matters is activated installs in the field.

-Jox

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davelray

Netmarketshare runs web analytics. The market share here isn't based on sales. The data comes from web hits. So the percentage is the number of computers running Windows 8 actually browsing the web and hitting their network.

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whitneymr

Two desktops and a laptop on Win7 and one Surface tablet on Win8 because of no choice.