Report: Windows 8 used by just 0.11 percent of PC users

Microsoft launched the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version on February 29. It's been a little over a month since its release and according to a new report, the number of Windows 8 users worldwide is still just a small percentage compared to the current and more established PC operating systems.

Net Applications reports that for March 2012, Windows 8 was used by just 0.11 percent of PC owners worldwide. By contrast, the much older Windows NT, at 0.12 percent, and Windows 2000, at 0.16 percent, have more users than Windows 8.

The most used OS worldwide remains Windows XP. Net Applications shows it was used by 46.86 percent of PC owners in March, which is actually a gain compared to February 2012 when it had a 45.39 percent market share. Windows 7 came in second with 37.54 percent, which is a loss compared to February when it had 38.12 percent of the OD market share.

Windows Vista comes in third for March with 7.65 percent, followed by Mac OS X 10.6 at 2.79 percent and Mac OS X 10.7 at 2.59 percent. Linux is well behind at 0.98 percent but is still well ahead of Windows 8 at this point.

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Neowin needs to use the median value in the wiki page for OS market share instead of the vastly skewed net apps numbers alone, which of ALL the different companies is the only one that lists XP about 10% higher than the next, while all the rest are around the same level, except one or two dubious ones that are s skewed as net apps, only the other way.

UltraKill said,
Windows 8 is a Cartoonist's Wet Dream. From its Cartoon icons to its Cartoon UI.

Gee, I wonder how many days you sat trying to think up that witty comment. Sit down, shut up and color.

UltraKill said,
Windows 8 is a Cartoonist's Wet Dream. From its Cartoon icons to its Cartoon UI.

You mean Windows XP? Nothing cartoon about Windows 8.

I'm amazed at some of the articles on Neowin. Talk about completely ignorant. Public or not, do you realize that NO SIGNIFICANT NUMBER EVEN KNOWS ABOUT WCP? Seriously. I have over 600 users I deal with regularly and only 5 have even heard of the Consumer Preview. Now, of the percentage who have HEARD about WCP, care to guess what percentage of those have a spare computer they are comfortable dropping a beta onto? Small indeed. I certainly would find those willing to use WCP on their primary machine to be a rare bird. It is,after all, a beta, and is missing quite a few important features....too many to be reliable as a replacement for our primary devices. There's a lot of hardware it won't support yet, a lot of software and configurations, too. I can't even setup a pop email account on it. So, .11 percent is not shocking in the least.

for once. an april fools article on neowin that make more sense than the usual fact based ones. congrats.

winegg. bigger than vista for microsoft. mistakes wise.

Probably, almost all of these users are exclusive smartphone/tablet users. Keyboard/mouse centric users will, more than likely, stay with XP and Windows-7. Why MS chose to not provide an easy way to bypass the cutesy Metro interface is a big mystery. Forcing users to buy expensive touch-sensitive displays, and still not providing for a viable alternative to keyboard/mouse entry has all the indications of poor business decisions.

TsarNikky said,
Probably, almost all of these users are exclusive smartphone/tablet users. Keyboard/mouse centric users will, more than likely, stay with XP and Windows-7. Why MS chose to not provide an easy way to bypass the cutesy Metro interface is a big mystery. Forcing users to buy expensive touch-sensitive displays, and still not providing for a viable alternative to keyboard/mouse entry has all the indications of poor business decisions.

Metro works just fine with mouse and keyboard. No touchscrteens needed.

Dot Matrix said,

Metro works just fine with mouse and keyboard. No touchscrteens needed.

I've been running the Consumer Preview as sole OS for almost the whole time it's been available, and I'm on a traditional desktop. (Keyboard. Mouse. No touch.)

I don't have the driver issues that some have (AMD GPUs FTW), and *every* application and game works just fine. (VS11 beta as it shipped did not originally support the Consumer Preview - a later update fixes that issue; uninstall/reinstall VS11 if you had the disappearing-tiles issue in the Consumer Preview.)

The fear over using a beta OS in a production environment is understandable (especially given the track record beta version of Windows have in this regard) - that is precisely why I was shocked over the sheer LACK of compatibility issues (hardware or software). This isn't the release candidate of Windows 8, folks.

TsarNikky said,
Probably, almost all of these users are exclusive smartphone/tablet users. Keyboard/mouse centric users will, more than likely, stay with XP and Windows-7. Why MS chose to not provide an easy way to bypass the cutesy Metro interface is a big mystery. Forcing users to buy expensive touch-sensitive displays, and still not providing for a viable alternative to keyboard/mouse entry has all the indications of poor business decisions.
+ 1,000,000

Ugh. Can we get over this whole "forced" bull****? Each time there is a new Windows release, that work gets tossed around like it's kosher. Windows is changing, it's been almost a year since we've known this. Time to cut the whining and deal.

Dot Matrix said,
Ugh. Can we get over this whole "forced" bull****? Each time there is a new Windows release, that work gets tossed around like it's kosher. Windows is changing, it's been almost a year since we've known this. Time to cut the whining and deal.
this time there isn't a clasic theme as in previous Windows, this edition should be called Tiles as it is no longer Windows.

Well duh, the article said it itself: the number of Windows 8 users worldwide is still just a small percentage *compared to the current and more established PC operating systems.*

Captain Obvious is obvious. Of course people are going to run what is stable. They don't want to screw with loading the system they have, pretend they can work on it like an established OS, and then have it crash and lose data. Then, they blame someone else for their failure, start riots, someone contracts a disease and it begins with the Zombie Apocalypse. Now, who needs that?

It's a sad day when this can be mistaken for a legitimate Neowin front page post.

You guys were great back in the XP/Longhorn beta days but are a long shy away from that now.

x-byte said,
I have it installed on all 3 of my computers ..
I had it installed on 3 of my computers as well. Now it's only installed on 1.

AlternSti said,
advise to mederator: remove this, one of the worst comparison ever see.

I'd assume this is an April Fools posting (Although the marketshare statistic is correct)

Im the .11% aswell.
ive been running it as my main OS for 3 days now. Im pretty happy with everything. The overall Graphics in the desktop area.. well.. they are a let down but the functionality part is well done everywhere.

a few bugs with some softwares. And ****ty Nvidia drivers apart. ive gotten used to the whole metro aspect pretty well.

Ive been multitasking with ease. Also I just found the win+f shortcut to search directly for files.. and I just indexed all my music collection to show in the search else it didnt. So all good here! looking forward to a graphics makeover and ill be buying windows 8 for sure.

McKay said,
I am the 0.11% =D

I was. Then I made the mistake of installing Visual Studio on it, and getting ~20 dead tiles on my start screen. I'm now back to being a happy Win7 user.

letmesee said,

I was. Then I made the mistake of installing Visual Studio on it, and getting ~20 dead tiles on my start screen. I'm now back to being a happy Win7 user.

If you just tried to right click the tiles you would notice you could remove them. What an idiotic reason to refuse Windows 8.

Pam14160 said,

Who is forcing on you? Just a question nothing more.

Not that I am condoning his statement. BUT, if you want all the nice improvements that come with Win8 then Metro is forced on you.

Martin5000 said,
People are allowed opinions.

And I've never said anything to the contrary. If you read the post that I link to, I say that people are allowed to have issues with the articles, but just saying, "what a stupid pointless article" doesn't achieve anything. There's no constructive criticism. Heck, it's just as pointless a comment as the article that it is talking about.

I remember a time where we used to say, "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything." That's a good starting position and if people want to be lazy they can do that. Or they can go the extra step and prove that the article is not good enough by writing their own article. The least that happens is that they learn how difficult it can be to write and they give up. The best thing that can happen is that they provide a decent article that improves the quality of the site.

Intrinsica said,

And I've never said anything to the contrary. If you read the post that I link to, I say that people are allowed to have issues with the articles, but just saying, "what a stupid pointless article" doesn't achieve anything. There's no constructive criticism. Heck, it's just as pointless a comment as the article that it is talking about.

I remember a time where we used to say, "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything." That's a good starting position and if people want to be lazy they can do that. Or they can go the extra step and prove that the article is not good enough by writing their own article. The least that happens is that they learn how difficult it can be to write and they give up. The best thing that can happen is that they provide a decent article that improves the quality of the site.

Sometimes an article is so pointless it doesn't deserve an explanation. This is clearly one of those articles.

jakem1 said,

Sometimes an article is so pointless it doesn't deserve an explanation. This is clearly one of those articles.


Agreed.

Seriously, tell us the stats for what the Win7 beta was in 2009... what's the point in comparing a beta OS with Win NT or Win 2000 usage.

Even then I would not take it seriously as the predecessor to Windows 7 was Vista. For many that was reason enough to use the equivalent preview of W7. People might well be less likely to feel a need to change if they are running W7.

cleverclogs said,
Seriously, tell us the stats for what the Win7 beta was in 2009... what's the point in comparing a beta OS with Win NT or Win 2000 usage.

Exactly. Most ridiculous article ever? Lol. Who cares?