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