For the month of December, Net Applications said that its data showed that Windows 8 was running on 1.64 percent of all PCs worldwide, two months after its launch. Now, new data taken just over two weeks later shows a big growth in the use of Windows 8.
The new data, taken from the week of January 16, shows Windows 8 running on 2.25 percent on all PCs, with two offshoots (Windows 8 Touch and Windows 8 RT Touch) adding another 0.08 percent to that marketshare. Windows 8 is now closing in on Mac OS 10.8, which currently has a 2.43 percent share of the PC OS market.
Windows 7 still has the highest market share with 45.35 percent, followed by the quickly dwindling Windows XP with 38.71 percent. Windows Vista is third with 5.06 percent.
We will likely see a big market share boost for Windows 8 for all of January, thanks in part to the fact that Microsoft will allow its current $39.99 upgrade price for the OS to expire on January 31. After that date, the Windows 8 upgrade for older Windows PCs will be priced at $119.99 and the Windows 8 Pro upgrade will cost $199.99.
Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications