Net Applications: Windows 8 running on 1.64 percent of PCs

In November, Net Applications claimed that, according to their data gathered from 40,000 websites, Windows 8 was installed on 1.09 percent of all PCs worldwide. Today, the company's preliminary data from December doesn't show that much of a jump for Windows 8 in the marketplace yet.

The December data now shows Windows 8 on 1.64 percent on all PCs, with two offshoots (Windows 8 Touch and Windows 8 RT Touch) adding another 0.06 percent to that marketshare. Even with the slow growth, it was enough to push Windows 8 past Linux in the PC operating system industry. Net Applications showed Linux had claimed 1.21 percent of the market share in December.

Net Applications also showed Windows 7 still on top with 44.94 percent in December, a slight rise from November's 44.71 percent. Windows XP went down to 39.45 percent compared to 39.82 percent from the previous month. Windows Vista is third with 5.59 percent, down from 5.70 in December.

Mac OS 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8 were next on the list at 2.24, 2.06 and 2.00 percent, respectively. Even with the slow growth of Windows 8 at this stage, it's likely that it will pass all of these Mac OS versions in the first quarter of 2013.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications

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Windows 8 was not released in October it was released on MSDN many months before, and it was in RC many months earlier as well as leaked on so many websites.

Microsoft then claimed millions of installations, and millions of licenses sold, they are just not appearing on the charts for some reason.

john.smith_2084 said,
Microsoft then claimed millions of installations, and millions of licenses sold, they are just not appearing on the charts for some reason.

A million installs of the consumer preview followed by a million installs of the release preview does not equal 2 million unique machines.

Second, and more important: Windows 8 is selling very well, but it's a smaller percentage of the total population of computers out there because there are more computers in use today. 40 million PCs sold today isn't going to be as big a percentage of the entire PC ecosystem as 40 million PCs added in 2009 or 2007 or 2001.

They're off to a good start. It'll take a little while of course because it's a change in the UI and Windows 7 is still quite popular.

"Windows 8 on 1.64 percent on all PCs, with two offshoots (Windows 8 Touch and Windows 8 RT Touch) adding another 0.06 percent to that marketshare."

When did they release 'Touch' and 'RT Touch' ? Oh, you mean the tablets? pls...those are not called 'Touch'.

When did they release 'Touch' and 'RT Touch' ? Oh, you mean the tablets? pls...those are not called 'Touch'.

EDIT: that website reports the Touch versions, I wonder where in the world they got that idea.

yarddog said,
"Windows 8 on 1.64 percent on all PCs, with two offshoots (Windows 8 Touch and Windows 8 RT Touch) adding another 0.06 percent to that marketshare."

When did they release 'Touch' and 'RT Touch' ? Oh, you mean the tablets? pls...those are not called 'Touch'.

Maybe Phone and RT are more appropriate. With such a low score (.06), who cares.

This thing will bomb harder than Vista on desktop marketshare.

On the tablet side, it has to get some cheap tablets (100$-250$) to get some traction. I - for one - am not willing to pay more than $250 for a tablet, whatsoever.

Mortis said,
This thing will bomb harder than Vista on desktop marketshare.

On the tablet side, it has to get some cheap tablets (100$-250$) to get some traction. I - for one - am not willing to pay more than $250 for a tablet, whatsoever.

Then buy a android device? Cheap hardware deserves a cheap OS.

benalvino said,
oh boy... this are the kind of comments monkies make.

'this are' What ?
Monkies, what are they? Similar to monkeys?
Capital letters?
Great insult making yourself look like a ****.

n_K said,

'this are' What ?
Monkies, what are they? Similar to monkeys?
Capital letters?
Great insult making yourself look like a ****.

It's either intentionally ironic, or English isn't that person's native language.

Mortis said
This thing will bomb harder than Vista on desktop marketshare.
Do you have any sort of proof to back up your claims...

Mortis said
Yeah, sure. I have Android 4.1 on my smartphone and it's a fantastic OS.
It's nice and all, but remember that it suffers from fragmentation and security issues..

dtourond said,
Do you have any sort of proof to back up your claims...

Just saying... but your comment probably isn't that advisable under an article such as this one. Also lets not forget that NeoWin is leaving out that at this point in Vista's release, it's network usage share was nearing 3%.

hmm, just came across another article on another website. I made a mistake above. Vista's adoption rate was apparently just over 2% and not nearing 3%.

once the real touch tablets becomes more available people will start buying them... people are waiting for asus transformer book... I am waiting for the surface pro... Samsung is messing up the availability of the ativ smart pc... currys pc world don't even have the tablets on their site... they need to put this devices in market.

I got the Lenovo Yoga 13 - not a true tablet, but easily a front-runner in the convertible world. I love it and Windows 8 is fantastic on it.

More than I expected but too few are experiencing Windows on a touch PCs. While I personally like Windows 8 as a hybrid OS I don't think it will gain much word of mouth for its mouse+keyboard performance. Windows 8's future growth depends positive feedback from tablet and touch-laptop users. I doubt there are many of those at this point so Microsoft will have to fight an uphill battle. Which I think is a good thing, will drive them to bring more compelling value propositions.

To my knowledge (please tell me if I'm wrong) Net Applications records data all month long. They then total the amount of accesses their monitored websites got, divide by operating system and that's how they come up with their numbers for the month. There may be a lot of people who got Windows 8 for Christmas, but will only be accounted for the last 6 of the 31 days of December. Example: If 5 million people got Windows 8 for Christmas, they would account for a factor of 30 million (5 million x 6 days of use). For the previous 24 days, those people may have been using Windows 7 for example, which would account for a factor of 120 million (5 million x 24 days of use). We may have to wait an entire month to see the numbers gained from Christmas. Just a thought, my reasoning could be wrong.

On another note, if there are still 1.6 billion ACTIVE pc users (link where I got that number from: http://c-i-a.com/pr02012012.htm "PCs In-Use Reached over 1.6B in 2011 USA has nearly 311M PCs In-Use" that would mean that Windows 8 has roughly 27.2 million users. Once again, these percentage may not accurately reflect Christmas gift users.

Windows 8 is a disaster, Microsoft and the disbelievers will keep giving alternative explanations, until they run out of them in a few months, Vista all over again.

If Windows 8 reaches anywhere near Vista adoption, then it will be a success. Do you have any idea how many PCs still have Vista? Stop making it sound as if Vista was an unmitigated disaster. It wasn't. It was critically a failure, but adoption-wise it wasn't.

Personally, I think Windows 8 is going to be a huge success. Right now, roughly 90% of all the Windows 8 devices you'll find in electronic stores are laptops. While there is nothing really wrong with Windows 8 on a laptop (I'm doing just that right now), people are in a Tablet frenzy right now. Once those tablets/convertibles hit the stores that's when Windows 8 will shift gears to the next level.

I also think it will be the x86 devices that will change everything. I'm waiting on the Surface Pro. With this device I'll be able to do EVERYTHING from a tablet. Angry Birds, news and weather apps, Gears of War for PC, World of Warcraft, Office, plug anything into it via USB port, expand it's storage with a SD cards, take it to the hospital where I work at and do everything you need to do as a healthcare professional right from my very own tablet (no need for enterprise work-a-rounds; it just all works). Everything I is just mentioned isn't wishful thinking, it's fact. Once people see this in action, there will be no denying Windows 8.

Maybe not a total disaster. Windows-8 may be fine for individuals working with tablets in standalone, single app, settings. But, in any kind of traditional office setting, or where intensive data entry is required, Windows-7 is still the leader and will remain so until Windows-8 gets a major rework on its UI to make it really usable for laptops and desktops.

this data is flawed because

windows 8 has apps now. People which use Netflix for example,which has probably over a million downloads on windows 8, will not show up on netapplications data.

Your reasoning would only apply to those who use Win8 to ONLY use those apps and never use the browser to go to other websites. I would hazard a guess that those are a minuscule number.

vcfan said,
this data is flawed because

windows 8 has apps now. People which use Netflix for example,which has probably over a million downloads on windows 8, will not show up on netapplications data.

This data is also flagged because when a people buy a new device then, the new user trends to over-use the system (i.e. visiting more websites).

Enron said,
It's the first day of 2013 and already I can't say 2013 will be the year of desktop Linux.

be hard pressed to beat Vista. which is still better than Windows 8. Closest thing to Windows 8 is Windows 3.1 as far as design.. not power. Rather stick with Windows 7. I've come so close as to almost paying $15 for the upgrade but figuring hello.. this isn't an upgrade OS. I'd have to remodel this Dell to a touch screen in order to do much with it.

PatrynXX said
be hard pressed to beat Vista. which is still better than Windows 8.
Exactly how is Vista better than 8?
PatrynXX said
Closest thing to Windows 8 is Windows 3.1 as far as design..
Hmm, not to sure about that. The new UI is quite better than 3.1..
PatrynXX said
Rather stick with Windows 7. I've come so close as to almost paying $15 for the upgrade but figuring hello.. this isn't an upgrade OS. I'd have to remodel this Dell to a touch screen in order to do much with it.
Actually Windows 8 is just as usable on a PC/laptop that is not a touchscreen. I'm using it right now as I type this and I have no problem navigating it. And since Windows 8 has a lot of improvements to Windows 7 that alone is good reason to upgrade.

I did my first gaming PC Win8 setup over this past holiday season for a family member, and it is the first time I've had legitimate problems with Win8. Granted most of the problems are almost certainly software related, it was enough to drive me to drink. Ok... ok... it was the holidays and I was already drinking.

Anyways;

Multiple reinstallations of SWTOR,. Couldn't get past launcher. After reading the forums and quite a few other people have the same problem, I ended up copying the entire folder off of his old PC to the new one to fix that one.

Couldn't download Steam client, while other PCs on my network had no issue. Tried shutting of firewalls, etc to no avail. Ended up transferring downloaded client to PC to solve that one.

Win8 also can't detect his logitech game pad, which is odd since Win8 does an awesome job of finding EVERYTHING. Seems to affect a couple of their devices for a number of people.

Anyway point being, gamers may want to do some research ahead of time to make sure problems with their hardware and the games they play are minimal before deciding to upgrade.

I did a fresh install of Win8 and I have not had a single issue. While I don't play SWTOR I do play World of Tanks, Planetside 2, and Minecraft. Along with these I have Steam and around 12 games that it installed, I have played a few and none had any issues. I also have a Logitech G110 and MX518 running Logitech's drivers with no issues.

I am sure you did have issues but something makes me think that Windows 8 has nothing to do with them.