StatCounter: Windows 8 now installed on 3.77 percent of PCs that surf the web

We have posted up data showing the market share of Windows 8 from Net Applications as well as from the Steam PC game download service in the past several months. However, what does StatCounter, which says it takes its information from three million websites, have to indicate about the adoption of Windows 8?

As it turns out, it seems to agree mostly with Net Application's findings, even though the two sites have some very different methods of acquiring and examining their data. The latest numbers from StatCounter show that for the week of March 17th, Windows 8 is currently installed on 3.77 percent of all PCs. That's a slight rise compared to the first week of 2013, when StatCounter showed that Windows 8 was used by 2.34 percent of all PCs.

In this week's numbers, Windows 8 is just behind Apple's iOS operating system which has 3.92 percent. Windows 7 is still the most used operating system worldwide with a whopping 52 percent, followed by Windows XP with 23.86 percent. Microsoft is set to end official support for Windows XP in just over a year from now, on April 8, 2014.

OS X is next with 7.72 percent and Windows Vista is show with 6.11 percent of the market share; Android is shown as well behind even Windows 8 at 1.07 percent.

Source: StatCounter | Image via StatCounter

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my guess is, if I had a tablet it would be good to go. But have you seen these "supposed" PC's they are talking about? it's a tablet with a cheap snap-on, little keyboard. It's a fast OS and generally I like it. But MS screwed the pooch with Windows 8. It seems like it was designed to make people get rid of their current systems and move to a pseudo-tablet with a cheap snap on keyboard. Naw, I'll stick with Windows 7. Put my laptop back to factory setup.

I've asked several Hospital IT pros about Windows 8 who simply stated it's for tablets.

Albert said
a puny 3.77% after 5 months. now that's beyond pathetic even by microsoft's standard.
Actually that's not that bad. It's a radical change from what people are used to and if Microsoft would of provided a better way for people to understand how to use the new UI, then there'd be more people using it. Give it time, the percentage will definitely increase.

Windows 7 will only continue to grow. I suspect at this current rate, Windows 8 will only eek out 15 to 20% and not at the expense of Windows 7 either.

3.77% at this point in the game is truly embarrassing if not just plain humiliating for Microsoft, especially when that old failure of an OS Vista had a much higher adoption rate than 8 could ever hope to achieve during the same time frame.

Couple that with the countless programs created just to make 8 "usable" and the quick release of "blue" and soon to follow with windows 9 to try and fix the obvious failure of windows 8 just like they did with Vista and 7.

It's a terrible time to be a microsoft zealot...

Windows 8 was released into a completely different market setting than what vista and 7 were released. As long as the % keeps going up albeit slowly then really nothing to worry about, Nothing really to worry about for MS, they will keep working on it and improving it along the way. Really enough of these stupid comments.

Order_66 said,
3.77% at this point in the game is truly embarrassing if not just plain humiliating for Microsoft, especially when that old failure of an OS Vista had a much higher adoption rate than 8 could ever hope to achieve during the same time frame.

Couple that with the countless programs created just to make 8 "usable" and the quick release of "blue" and soon to follow with windows 9 to try and fix the obvious failure of windows 8 just like they did with Vista and 7.

It's a terrible time to be a microsoft zealot...

So you agree that its a terrible time for you.

Order_66 said,
3.77% at this point in the game is truly embarrassing if not just plain humiliating for Microsoft, especially when that old failure of an OS Vista had a much higher adoption rate than 8 could ever hope to achieve during the same time frame.

Couple that with the countless programs created just to make 8 "usable" and the quick release of "blue" and soon to follow with windows 9 to try and fix the obvious failure of windows 8 just like they did with Vista and 7.

It's a terrible time to be a microsoft zealot...

comparing vista with your so called same time period will not work as 3.7 % of an extra 700 - 800 million pcs in the market will be more than that of vista...

Order_66 said,
It's a terrible time to be a microsoft zealot...

So I guess it was never a good time to be a desktop Linux zealot or by this chart, "Other" zealot.

Order_66 said,
3.77% at this point in the game is truly embarrassing if not just plain humiliating for Microsoft, especially when that old failure of an OS Vista had a much higher adoption rate than 8 could ever hope to achieve during the same time frame.

Can we please refrain from calling Windows Vista a failure of an operating system?

Juan Rodriguez said,
comparing vista with your so called same time period will not work as 3.7 % of an extra 700 - 800 million pcs in the market will be more than that of vista...

Order_66 is being intentionally obtuse and willfully ignorant. He refuses to admit that at lesat 60M licenses of Windows 8 are in the hands of end users. In fact, this figure is from January, and Statcounter shows that Windows 8 is growing at a linear rate, so this number is closer to 100M today. It's interesting that we know iPad has sold a little over 100M units, and now Windows 8 and iPad have similar market share according to Statcounter.

For context, it was 5.8 months before Microsoft could announce 60M Vista licenses sold. Windows 8 hit that in 2. It was almost an entire year before Microsoft announced 100M Vista liceses sold. I expect we'll see a similar announcement by Microsoft by the end of the month for Windows 8. For those counting, that's 6 months in.

Order_66 is pulling the same trick Apple did by trying to claim Lion was more successful because it was adopted by a higher pecentage of OSX user base faster than Windows 7, a trick Order_66 has already admitted is logically fallacious. Yet here he is, trying that same tired and provably fallacious line yet again.

ModernMech said,

Order_66 is being intentionally obtuse and willfully ignorant. He refuses to admit that at lesat 60M licenses of Windows 8 are in the hands of end users. In fact, this figure is from January,

There were not 60 million licenses "in the hands of end users" back in January, my god even the most rabid of zealots will admit that much but you continue to claim it as fact thereby surrendering any and all credibility you ever thought you had.

Juan Rodriguez said,
comparing vista with your so called same time period will not work as 3.7 % of an extra 700 - 800 million pcs in the market will be more than that of vista...

It is an accurate comparison once you understand how the adoption rate is calculated.

Ian William said,

Can we please refrain from calling Windows Vista a failure of an operating system?

Why? It is and will forever be known as a failure.

I bought win 8 with the $15 deal.
no way I would of paid full retail for it.

$15 for win plus $5 for startisback= win

now if there was a way for stat counter to figure out how many people with win 8 are running some sort of 3rd party app to get rid of metro. that would make for some interesting stats!

also the start menu is a non issue for me.

more frustrating are the full screen apps which is a ridiculous waste of space on a my 27" setup, don't like the way how multi tasking is handled either!

So many people seem confused about the difference between 100 Million ipads sold and 100 Million ACTIVE ipads.. same goes with any PC.. There is sure to be a large number that are not used daily weekly or monthly that are Dead missing or just sitting in a drawer.. I can assure you that My iPad hasn't been turned on in months since I got my Surface RT and Acre W510 tablets.. so that's 99,999,999 Ipads unaccounted for..

R3DL1N3 said,
So many people seem confused about the difference between 100 Million ipads sold and 100 Million ACTIVE ipads.. same goes with any PC.. There is sure to be a large number that are not used daily weekly or monthly that are Dead missing or just sitting in a drawer.. I can assure you that My iPad hasn't been turned on in months since I got my Surface RT and Acre W510 tablets.. so that's 99,999,999 Ipads unaccounted for..
even apple touted that they have 300 million active IOS devices to date but they have sold a lot more than that.. so its as what you have said a lot are busted screens, sitting in a drawer, used for spare parts etc...

I've been following the statcounter data since Windows 8 was separated out a couple months ago. In my opinion, NetApplications and Statcounter data are very different.

First, the raw percentages are very different. NetApplications paywalled a lot of their stats recently, so I can only look at monthly stats now. For February 2013, Netapplications had Windows 8 at 2.77% while Statcounter had it at 3.16%. The values for other OSs was even starker: Windows 7 was 44% for NetApplications and 52% for Statcounter in February.

Second, Statcounter includes iOS and Android in with Desktop operating systems while NetApplications has them under Mobile. Statcounter has a separate mobile category, so I assume in the desktop area they're counting tablets. If you exclude these, the difference is even wider, with Windows 8 at 3.36% in February.

So I don't know how you arrived at your conclusion saying these sites mostly agree. Statcounter has Windows 8 almost a percent ahead of NetApplications. They have Windows 7 over 10% ahead when you discount iOS and Android. These differences reflect the different methods they use.


First, Statcounter includes iOS and Android statistics in with Windows and OSX.

Net Applications does a correction to give a weighted average. Since they have little actual data on China they extrapolate their stats for China and give it a bigger weight than other countries (since there are so many people surfing the web there). It's one of the reasons IE is so huge on Net Applications' statistics.

While that makes them interesting in some areas, it doesn't make them as accurate when it comes to the browser choice of the free/open world. For web developers the data Net Applications provides is pretty worthless, hardly anyone will have to make a site that needs to be browsed by people in China running IE8 or lower for example.

THE POST PC ERA IS AMONG US

windows 8 which came out 4 1/2 months ago 3.77%
ios which has been available since 07 and is available on phones and tablets 3.92%


BWAHAHAHAHAHAA

you have to look at the percentages in context...

Windows (on the whole xp,vista,7) has a userbase close to a billion mark...
so from that point of view its a relatively slow to medium-ish uptake of it...

I don't understand how iOS can have only 3.92%, given the fact that over a hundred million of them have been sold. Do most people just not browse the web on their iPhones?

And of course, if iPhone is minimal, then Android is practically invisible. There are far more Android phones worldwide than iPhones, yet Android has barely 1/3 the browsing share of iPhones.

TomJones said,
I don't understand how iOS can have only 3.92%, given the fact that over a hundred million of them have been sold. Do most people just not browse the web on their iPhones?

And of course, if iPhone is minimal, then Android is practically invisible. There are far more Android phones worldwide than iPhones, yet Android has barely 1/3 the browsing share of iPhones.

dude,this is installed base. some people buy an ipad every year,doesnt mean they are 4 or 5 users. Android might sell a lot of devices,but obviously most of them are not used as a smartphone or for internet.Alot of them are basically dumbphones.

yes windows 8 is about to pass ios marketshare in about a week.

Pam14160 said,
Their not talking phones. This is about computers and tablets.

no its not. this is everything. phone and tablet.

TomJones said,
I don't understand how iOS can have only 3.92%, given the fact that over a hundred million of them have been sold. Do most people just not browse the web on their iPhones?

And of course, if iPhone is minimal, then Android is practically invisible. There are far more Android phones worldwide than iPhones, yet Android has barely 1/3 the browsing share of iPhones.

iDevices don't have the lifespan of a computer. Also, There are a poopton of Windows 7, XP machines active today. Dare I say that there may be more Windows 7 machines actively used today than all iDevices ever sold.

-adrian- said,
The simple fact is that ios and android put their sites into apps. guess that is not rated in statscounter.

so does windows 8.

That's the problem with such results. They are only relevant on sites that somehow use StatCounter. Chances are, a lot of sites that have mobile versions do not push StatCounter down the pipe to lower bandwidth and increase loading time (or they just forgot it). Like you, I do not believe that iOS is such a low number, and I particularly doubt that it is lower than Windows Vista. In fact, I know a lot more people that own an iOS device than own a Mac OS X computer. I guess that it really depends on how much they are using their devices for random web surfing versus random app surfing.

Still, there's really no other way to estimate actual usage.

pickypg said,
That's the problem with such results. They are only relevant on sites that somehow use StatCounter. Chances are, a lot of sites that have mobile versions do not push StatCounter down the pipe to lower bandwidth and increase loading time (or they just forgot it). Like you, I do not believe that iOS is such a low number, and I particularly doubt that it is lower than Windows Vista. In fact, I know a lot more people that own an iOS device than own a Mac OS X computer. I guess that it really depends on how much they are using their devices for random web surfing versus random app surfing.

Still, there's really no other way to estimate actual usage.

just because you believe what some bloggers like to make you believe doesn't make it true. the real number of ios users is actually smaller. I bet those ios users you know keep buying ios devices, or have 2-3 devices that they constantly use daily, yet they are still 1 user,but theyre fudging up the ios numbers because it seems more devices are in play. whereas with a mac computer,its unlikely most people have more than 1 mac that they constantly use throughout the day. and how often do people buy a new mac computer? ios users are more likely to upgrade their iphones and ipads once every year or two,and are more likely to own more than one device.

Pam14160 said,
Their not talking phones. This is about computers and tablets.

That doesn't change the question. There have been 100 million iPads sold, too.

There have been about 700 million licenses of Windows 7 sold. We should see a 7-to-1 ratio vs. iPads. Instead, we see 13-to-1.

vcfan said,

no its not. this is everything. phone and tablet.

I don't think so. It's not clear, but Statcounter has a separate category for Mobile. I think the iOS and Android categories in the "Operating System" category reflect tablets. Still though, they do not make it clear.

TomJones said,

That doesn't change the question. There have been 100 million iPads sold, too.

There have been about 700 million licenses of Windows 7 sold. We should see a 7-to-1 ratio vs. iPads. Instead, we see 13-to-1.

Try over a billion win 7 licenses there was 650 million the end of 2011 and 2012 sold another 400 million or more so the ratio is about right..

ModernMech said,

I don't think so. It's not clear, but Statcounter has a separate category for Mobile. I think the iOS and Android categories in the "Operating System" category reflect tablets. Still though, they do not make it clear.

if you go to their site they do have filters for mobile vs desktop but this stat is for ALL OS included.

Juan Rodriguez said,
if you go to their site they do have filters for mobile vs desktop but this stat is for ALL OS included.

I don't think this is possible. If the "Mobile OS" category were simply a filter, leaving out Windows and OSX, iOS would be above Android still. However their position is flipped in the "Mobile OS" category.

Again, they are not clear, but it seems to me "Mobile OS" applies to Phone OSes and "Operating Systems" applies to desktops and tablets. This would sync with what we know about the OS space: Android leads iOS in phones, but iOS leads Android in tablets.

Try over a billion win 7 licenses there was 650 million the end of 2011 and 2012 sold another 400 million or more so the ratio is about right..

Not according to Microsoft. At the end of 2011 they were at 450 Million cumulative licenses sold since Oct 2009 [1]. At the end of 2012 they were at 670 Million [2].

[1] http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/...illion-copies-of-windows-7/

[2] http://www.slashgear.com/micro...indows-7-licenses-25254019/

I'd say "there's an app for that." When I last used an iOS device, they needed to remake apps for their websites because it just didn't show well on the tiny screen. Wells Fargo was one. The app was basically their web app but it stored your login info so you didn't have to log in all the time. I ran into a couple others and I am sure thousands more are pretty much the same. I bet a majority of PC and Mac users also just open IE/Safari/whatever browser to just go on Facebook, where mobile devices they open an app to accomplish the same thing.

ModernMech said,

I don't think this is possible. If the "Mobile OS" category were simply a filter, leaving out Windows and OSX, iOS would be above Android still. However their position is flipped in the "Mobile OS" category.

Again, they are not clear, but it seems to me "Mobile OS" applies to Phone OSes and "Operating Systems" applies to desktops and tablets. This would sync with what we know about the OS space: Android leads iOS in phones, but iOS leads Android in tablets.

Yes could be correct on that one and it makes since tablets originally had desktop os on it..

as far as i am using windows 8 - their is no point for me to use a app for functionality of a homepage. or why should i use a twitter amazon facebook or wikipedia app?

I'm guessing any browser, pretty Chrome on Windows 8 presents itself as Chrome on Windows 8 to statcounter. But then again I would not be surprised if Google made it present itself as ChromeOS to boost its numbers.

Why are these stats so meaningful? Windows 8 will continue to rise as people buy new computers. They have no freaking choice really if they want a new Windows machine. What I'd like to see is what idiot is spending over a hundred dollars to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 on a perfectly running desktop. If you have an old computer, Windows 8 is a no brainer.

JHBrown said,
Why are these stats so meaningful? Windows 8 will continue to rise as people buy new computers. They have no freaking choice really if they want a new Windows machine. What I'd like to see is what idiot is spending over a hundred dollars to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 on a perfectly running desktop. If you have an old computer, Windows 8 is a no brainer.
Idiot here. Windows 8 Installed. Happy as a clam.

+1 though admittedly upgraded from 7 because of the initial price offer and my reasons were definitely not new features.

JHBrown said
Why are these stats so meaningful? Windows 8 will continue to rise as people buy new computers. They have no freaking choice really if they want a new Windows machine. What I'd like to see is what idiot is spending over a hundred dollars to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 on a perfectly running desktop. If you have an old computer, Windows 8 is a no brainer.
I guess that makes me an idiot then I don't care. I'm happy with Windows 8 and I'm glad I upgraded.

MrHumpty said,
Idiot here. Windows 8 Installed. Happy as a clam.

I did as well although using the special offer; honestly I am not sure if I would have spent $199 for the Pro.

JHBrown said,
Why are these stats so meaningful? Windows 8 will continue to rise as people buy new computers. They have no freaking choice really if they want a new Windows machine. What I'd like to see is what idiot is spending over a hundred dollars to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 on a perfectly running desktop. If you have an old computer, Windows 8 is a no brainer.

I'm also one of those idiots that upgraded from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 8 Pro and I'm also happy that I switched.
The underlying kernel and core components feel more refined. It's what 7 should've been.
I recommend it to others too unless they use the start-menu argument, which I only find silly. I miss the start-menu myself but that's because I'm used to it.
Windows 8 is better, PERIOD.

Breach said
.. my reasons were definitely not new features.
So, you don't like features such as:

- Automatic Backup
- Sync Everywhere
- The Easy Reinstall ("refresh your PC", or "Remove everything")
- Charms bar
- Snap multitasking
- Enhanced Copy Experience
- Better Support for Multiple Monitors

Fritzly said
I did as well although using the special offer; honestly I am not sure if I would have spent $199 for the Pro.
$199? That much, wow. I guess it was on sale when I got it, because it was only $80 when I had bought it.

Radium said
I recommend it to others too unless they use the start-menu argument, which I only find silly.
Every time there's an article about Windows 8, there's still people whining about it. I've installed Windows 8 on 5 of my friend's computers and they love it.

Radium said
Windows 8 is better, PERIOD.
Exactly

Fritzly said,

I did as well although using the special offer; honestly I am not sure if I would have spent $199 for the Pro.
My hardware was new enough that I wasn't replacing it anytime soon. My older system, I haven't upgraded because it will be retired to a lab box.

dtourond said,
So, you don't like features such as:

- Automatic Backup
- Sync Everywhere
- The Easy Reinstall ("refresh your PC", or "Remove everything")
- Charms bar
- Snap multitasking
- Enhanced Copy Experience
- Better Support for Multiple Monitors


Automatic Backup: Google Drive, 5$ a month all files synced there
The Easy Reinstall ("refresh your PC", or "Remove everything"): I do not believe it works (I am a Windows user since 3.1)
Charms bar: Horrible long line with the Wifi networks instead of the nice small box
Snap multitasking: that is not multi tasking, that is backward in multi tasking
Enhanced Copy Experience: That is nice
Better Support for Multiple Monitors: Connect two monitors, touch one and move the mouse on the second and the word Better will have a different meaning

Guess I'm idiot x 4 then since that's how many computers I've upgraded. The improvements to the desktop alone is enough of a reason to upgrade, everything else is a bonus.

Yes, Windows 8 is absolutely a nobrainer.

john.smith_2084 said,


Automatic Backup: Google Drive, 5$ a month all files synced there
The Easy Reinstall ("refresh your PC", or "Remove everything"): I do not believe it works (I am a Windows user since 3.1)
Charms bar: Horrible long line with the Wifi networks instead of the nice small box
Snap multitasking: that is not multi tasking, that is backward in multi tasking
Enhanced Copy Experience: That is nice
Better Support for Multiple Monitors: Connect two monitors, touch one and move the mouse on the second and the word Better will have a different meaning

Automatic Backup: Why pay Google $5 a month when i get this free with Win8 plus Skydrive?
The Easy Reinstall ("refresh your PC", or "Remove everything"): Stop spreading FUD especially when you did not try this feature. It works I tested it as I am in charge of evaluating technology for enterprises.
Charms bar: I find the universal menu'ing system that is Charms to be an improvement to the more haphazard menu'ing system that was different from application to application. We can agree to disagree as it's a preferance issue.
Snap multitasking: I fail to understand how this is a step backwards...it's a choice issue. You can drop to desktop and do old school multitasking with resizable windows for desktop apps as you have done in the past. Now you have another choice to allow you to pin your app to the side for 1/3 of the screen and have it persist there regardless of what app you have focused on the other 2/3 of the screen. I find many useful use cases for this and it really shines on mobile use cases particularly
Enhanced Copy Experience: We agree
Better Support for Multiple Monitors: I dont understand what issue your alluding to in this use case. But for the use cases I do and test for enterprises, I find the multiple monitor support to be great. In particular I usually live in the desktop mode when working and having the task bar replicated on both screens is an improvement to Windows 7.

Did I say that I didn't like them? :-) But frankly - I don't care about them - the only one I 'use' is the new copy dialog.

Spent 32$ for 4 copies here Though, my main computer I use is a TabletPC, but I did upgrade the other 3 computers in my family to it and everyone there knows how to use it. Not to mention they tend to use it more due to having a 8-10 second boot on standard HDDs, at least from my experience with those computers (that's post bios-post).

dtourond said,
So, you don't like features such as:

- Automatic Backup
- Sync Everywhere
- The Easy Reinstall ("refresh your PC", or "Remove everything")
- Enhanced Copy Experience
- Better Support for Multiple Monitors


Fixed that for you.

john.smith_2084 said
The Easy Reinstall ("refresh your PC", or "Remove everything"): I do not believe it works (I am a Windows user since 3.1)
I'm a Windows user since 98 and I've used this before, and believe me, it works.

john.smith_2084 said
Charms bar: Horrible long line with the Wifi networks instead of the nice small box
I like it because it provides basic actions and it's easy to get to so that I can share content to other apps.

john.smith_2084 said
Snap multitasking: that is not multi tasking, that is backward in multi tasking
Definition: "The ability to execute more than one task at the same time, a task being a program." Since I can check Twitter on one side and work on my blog (via Wordpress app) on the other side, I believe that would be multitasking.

Another idiot here because spending £25 = hundereds of dollars!!!1
Upgraded from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 8 Pro I might add so a worthy upgrade.

Upgraded a very very old XP home key to windows 8 Pro for 25 squid. Can`t understand why people who upgraded from 7 didn`t just keep seven on a seperate drive and have a different drive to upgrade to 8 on (via an old XP/Vista key).
Best of both worlds

Riggers said
Upgraded a very very old XP home key to windows 8 Pro for 25 squid. Can`t understand why people who upgraded from 7 didn`t just keep seven on a seperate drive and have a different drive to upgrade to 8 on (via an old XP/Vista key).
Best of both worlds
Why keep seven? Once you use something that's better, why would you still keep something inferior? Just curious, that's all.