AdDuplex: Surface RT still tops among Windows 8/RT products

Six months after the launch of Windows 8, at least one research firm claimed Microsoft's latest operating system is only being used on 4.69 percent of all PCs worldwide. Now a new report claims Microsoft's Surface RT tablet still leads among those devices that are currently running Windows 8 or RT.

AdDuplex, a Windows and Windows Phone advertising company, posted their monthly look at Windows 8/RT models on its blog site this weekend. Their stats come from the 226 Modern apps that are currently running on the AdDuplex SDK, with the data itself collected on April 26, the sixth-month anniversary of the Windows 8 launch and the release of Surface RT.

The new data shows that the Surface RT is being used by 6.2 percent of all Windows 8/RT owners worldwide, well ahead of the second place hardware device, the HP Pavilion G6. Three of the top 10 Windows 8/RT devices are using a touchscreen, with the Asus VivoBook and the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T being the other two besides the Surface RT.

Microsoft's Surface Pro PC is number 23 on the list, according to the AdDuplex blog. So far Microsoft is only selling the Surface Pro in the U.S., Canada and China, but the company plans to launch the Windows 8 Pro tablet in many more countries around the world by the end of June.

Source: AdDuplex | Image via AdDuplex

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lctb51 said,
Windows RT is like Windows 8's intellectually disabled relative! Windows RT cant run any x86 or x64 programs, and only the desktop programs pre-installed! Only Metro apps can run on Windows RT! Additionally Windows RT cannot be bought by itself to be installed on other tablets. http://www.pcworld.com/article...point-to-failure-of-os.html

uh huh, and yet its still the most popular windowsrt/8 device.

vcfan said,
uh huh, and yet its still the most popular windowsrt/8 device.

Exactly. Some of us don't want the desktop on all of our devices. Surface RT owner here, and I rarely use the desktop, and only for file management or Office.
On my actual desktop machine of course, I use the desktop environment a lot. Windows RT wouldn't work for me there.
Everyone has a choice. It seems most have chosen RT.

ZipZapRap said,

Everyone has a choice. It seems most have chosen RT.

ThunderRiver said,
Awhile back, at Microsoft employee meeting, it was said that every Microsoftie would receive a copy of Surface RT and Windows phone.

Not hard to make a choice when its free.

lctb51 said,
Windows RT is like Windows 8's intellectually disabled relative! Windows RT cant run any x86 or x64 programs, and only the desktop programs pre-installed! Only Metro apps can run on Windows RT! Additionally Windows RT cannot be bought by itself to be installed on other tablets. http://www.pcworld.com/article...point-to-failure-of-os.html

Thanks to the very smart people at XDA Developers, that is no longer true about Desktop programs... unofficially of course....

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=36529478
and
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2095934

I wouldn't have bought a Surface RT otherwise. It's kind of sad really, as you realize this is what Windows on ARM should have been, not the artificially limited version we ended up with as Windows RT. MS really ought to offer a version of 8 Pro compiled for ARM for those that want more than just Modern UI.

Awhile back, at Microsoft employee meeting, it was said that every Microsoftie would receive a copy of Surface RT and Windows phone. Now, I guess Microsoftie potentially make up the big portion of Surface RT usage?. There are roughly 90K Microsoft employees.

Makes sense, as I doubt that Surface RT would do well in any environment except that of expensive toys. Is it being sold at FAO Schwartz or Toys-R-Us? If not, why not?

ThunderRiver said,
Awhile back, at Microsoft employee meeting, it was said that every Microsoftie would receive a copy of Surface RT and Windows phone. Now, I guess Microsoftie potentially make up the big portion of Surface RT usage?. There are roughly 90K Microsoft employees.

nice try,but in q4 2012, Microsoft sold 900K. in q1 2013, 3 million windows rt/8 tablets were sold, and half were surface tablets(rt and pro).

That is certainly not true. Maybe in the US, but worldwide? Surely not. MS is famous of its dogfooding, but while for software it's easy (it doesn't cost them any money) for hardware it'd be serious $$$. Also, I've met a few MS employees here (Central Europe) and none of them were using Surfaces, but they had Lumia phones.

Majesticmerc said,

I'd assume all the devices that can't be uniquely identified. Desktops and such maybe?

Perhaps partially, but no, it's other devices that have much much smaller marketshare, but collectively have a large marketshare.

For instance, the Surface Pro is included in that "other" category.

dagamer34 said,
Or that there are so many models, it wouldn't be worth counting them all.

It would look too messy. But they do have the numbers.

If there were 60 million copies of Windows 8/RT sold by the end of December... then it reasons that there have been at least another 40 million (probably more) sold in the last four months... therefore, if 100 million copies of Windows 8/RT have been sold, then that 6.2% for Surface RT would = 6.2 million sold.