Windows 8 market share passes Windows Vista

Windows 8's market share has surpassed that of Windows Vista last month, as the market share stats from Net Applications for the period show Windows 8 gaining slowly but steadily. Microsoft's newest OS has passed the 5% market share mark to sit on 5.10%, passing Windows Vista's 4.61% after gaining 0.83 percentage points.

Meanwhile, two of Microsoft's popular OSes - Windows 7 and Windows XP - both lost market share, falling 0.48 percentage points (to 44.37%) and 0.57 percentage points (to 37.17%) respectively. As a whole, Windows dropped 0.16 percentage points in June to hold 91.51% of the market, while Mac OS X (up 0.13% to 7.20%) and Linux (up 0.02% to 1.28%) both gained users.

With the release of the Windows 8.1 Preview, it's not surprising to see gains for Windows 8 during the month as people flocked to try out the free update. Windows 8 will likely continue to gain users in the coming months as Microsoft gears up to release the final version of Windows 8.1, which addresses numerous complaints that people had with Windows 8.

Source: Net Applications

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Hardly a comparison to brag about--Vista vs Windows-8. The XP segment is significant, and will remain so, until the Windows-8 UI mess is over. All those keyboard-centric content creation applications in the financial, retail, and health care arenas are still running XP. Maybe they will upgrade to Windows-7. I don't see those business absorbing the costs of trashing perfectly good hardware along with the retraining of staff, just to get the "improvements" in Windows-8.

SirPeterPan said,
Windows 8 is much more keyboard-centric or "friendly" than Windows XP, Vista or 7.
This guy has an answer for everything. Peter Pan, it's ok for Windows 8 not to work in some segments. Life will go on regardless. I'm not sure if you work in any type of business infrastructure, but if you did you would realize what TsarNikky said is quite relevant. This topic comes up for me with different clients every week. Windows 8 is not a move big businesses want to embrace.

Edited by JHBrown, Jul 1 2013, 9:56pm :

JHBrown said,
This guy has an answer for everything. Peter Pan, it's ok for Windows 8 not to work in some segments. Life will go on regardless. I'm not sure if you work in any type of business infrastructure, but if you did you would realize what TsarNikky said is quite relevant. This topic comes up for me with different clients every week. Windows 8 is not a move big businesses want to embrace.

Who cares? I was just replying that Windows 8 is more optimized for keyboards than previous versions of Windows - this is a fact, go check the number of keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8, it is vastly improved.

I wasn't "analyzing" businesses or whatever.

Lets not ignore that the start screen is hell of a lot more easier to use with a keyboard than the start menu ever was.

Start menu is 1 dimensional. Up/Down and that's it basically. Outside the type-for-what-you-want.
Start screen is 2 dimensions, a whole full dimension more! up/down left/right.

Yes, Windows-8 is a great OS; but only for tablet users. For the other form factors, the most appropriate OS is open to debate. It all comes down to how one uses their PC.

TsarNikky said,
Yes, Windows-8 is a great OS; but only for tablet users. For the other form factors, the most appropriate OS is open to debate. It all comes down to how one uses their PC.
Agree

TsarNikky said,
Yes, Windows-8 is a great OS; but only for tablet users. For the other form factors, the most appropriate OS is open to debate. It all comes down to how one uses their PC.

It's a great OS for all form factors IMO.

TsarNikky said,
Yes, Windows-8 is a great OS; but only for tablet users. For the other form factors, the most appropriate OS is open to debate. It all comes down to how one uses their PC.

Hahahahahahahahahaha

Always this "But only as tablet...".

This bull gets more fun every day.

I would definitely like to upgrade my laptop to windows 8.1. I think it is necessary to fix some bugs in windows 8 and make it more user friendly so that anyone can use it easily.

win 8 not bad had Aug 15th 2012 just maded it main os in june this year because no good drivers broken Mediacenter Plugins and not the way I wanted it to work on my machine not 8.1 will do the same thing so 8 more months to get it to work right

Windows 8.1 should overtake Windows 8 very quickly - given that it's a free update. Assuming they get the distribution right and consumers install it then it should just replace it.

King Joffrey said,
Wake me up when Windows 8 passe Windows XP!
Windows 7 is the new XP. When it finally reaches XP in about 2 years, it has a long road to reach Windows 7.

King Joffrey said,
Wake me up when Windows 8 passe Windows XP!
If Windows 8.1 will be counted as another OS, than most likely, Windows 8 won't pass Windows XP any time soon (maybe if Windows XP reachs something lower than 2%). And if Windows 8.2/8.5 comes, and also for free, I don't think that 8.1 will pass it either. Windows' release cycle is becoming to fast for that.

This would leave me to believe that 8.1 / 8.2 / 8.9 will be statistically counted as Win8.

"With the release of the Windows 8.1 Preview, it's not surprising to see gains for Windows 8 during the month "

Nashy said,
Windows 7 would be dropping if Windows 8 wasn't terrible.

*Flamesuit*

Windows 7 did drop. Make you like Windows 8 now?

JHBrown said,
Windows 7 is the new XP. When it finally reaches XP in about 2 years, it has a long road to reach Windows 7.

At their current rate of growth, Windows 8 will overtake XP in April 2014 according to Statcounter.

Nashy said,
Windows 7 would be dropping if Windows 8 wasn't terrible.

*Flamesuit*

Sometimes it helps to actually read the article before you post. Windows 7 dropped almost as much as Windows XP this month. Glad to hear you like Windows 8!

Sure, but that 2% isn't Linux. It's 1.28% according to this. That 2% includes Windows prior to XP and OS X prior to 10.6...

rfirth said,
Sure, but that 2% isn't Linux. It's 1.28% according to this. That 2% includes Windows prior to XP and OS X prior to 10.6...

And most of that 2% is probably prior versions of Windows.

Still don't understand stats like these. Wouldn't Windows 8 by default continue to grow since its shipped with new computers?

Which has happened for every Windows release in history. Win 98 comes out, stop putting 95 on pc. Win XP comes out, stop putting 98 on pc. Nothing new.

It would be interesting to know how the statistics would pan out if purchasers of new PCs were given a free choice between Win7 and Win8. (Or indeed Vista, though I doubt that many would choose that).
Win8 seems to be the only available option in so many cases, so its share will inevitably grow regardless of what consumers might choose if they could.

gb8080 said,
It would be interesting to know how the statistics would pan out if purchasers of new PCs were given a free choice between Win7 and Win8. (Or indeed Vista, though I doubt that many would choose that).
Win8 seems to be the only available option in so many cases, so its share will inevitably grow regardless of what consumers might choose if they could.
Put on your flame suit man! This is what I've asked many times and my inbox gets filled with hate messages. I am willing to bet that over 90% of consumers and businesses would choose Windows 7 over Windows 8 any day of the week. No questions asked. The flaming will start soon my friend.

Most users would probably pick XP if left to their own decision making. Users have the choice of doing their research, and buying any laptop/PC with any OS they want, or at least installing any OS they want. If they can't bother with that simple process, they might as well leave the decision making to the OEMs and stores.

I think that would be a very close one between XP and 7, if given that choice at first start up, but NO ONE is going to go out and buy a new computer AND a new OS install disc, period.

Just proves how lousy people think Windows 8 is if it took this long to pass Vista! Although personally, I don't think Windows 8 is THAT lousy, but it was a totally stupid thing for MS to put out the way they did, with no start button and those stupid tiles that you have to go through just to get to the desktop and that stupid way of getting to the options when you put you mouse in the upper or lower right hand corners!

Totally agree with gb8080 as far as wondering what the percentage would be then. That's the ONLY reason for Windows 8 growth!

gb8080 said,
It would be interesting to know how the statistics would pan out if purchasers of new PCs were given a free choice between Win7 and Win8. (Or indeed Vista, though I doubt that many would choose that).
Win8 seems to be the only available option in so many cases, so its share will inevitably grow regardless of what consumers might choose if they could.

Win8 Pro has free downgrade rights. Also, Windows 7 machines are still widely available online, even brand new systems. If you want one, you can buy one easily.

ModernMech said,

Win8 Pro has free downgrade rights. Also, Windows 7 machines are still widely available online, even brand new systems. If you want one, you can buy one easily.

Easily huh? So grandpa Joe and aunty Jenny know about downgrade rights huh? Also, buying a Windows 7 computer is not as easy as you make it out to be. We are talking normal consumers who don't even know the difference between Intel and AMD. Easy my a s s!

JHBrown said,
Easily huh? So grandpa Joe and aunty Jenny know about downgrade rights huh? Also, buying a Windows 7 computer is not as easy as you make it out to be. We are talking normal consumers who don't even know the difference between Intel and AMD. Easy my a s s!

What's so hard about going on Dell.com and ordering a system with Windows 7? Let's see... http://www.dell.com/us/p/laptops?~ck=mn

Now, where on that page might you expect to find laptops with Windows 7? Might it be the very first link on the left navigation that is labeled "Windows 7" under Operating System? How is that hard?

You've been trying to tell us since Windows 8 was released that Windows 7 is not available for purchase, and at every turn you've been pointed to example after example of Windows 7 available for purchse. Are you really that willfully ignorant?

ModernMech said,

Win8 Pro has free downgrade rights. Also, Windows 7 machines are still widely available online, even brand new systems. If you want one, you can buy one easily.


Is not the downgrade option available only for volume license? Personally I like W8 so I have not checked about this option lately but I remember reading about it when we signed for our volume license.

Fritzly said,

Is not the downgrade option available only for volume license? Personally I like W8 so I have not checked about this option lately but I remember reading about it when we signed for our volume license.

No the downgrade is available for any Windows 8 Pro OEM license.

http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/e...ights.aspx#fbid=6SVqgYVXJik

"Downgrade rights are an end-user right, documented in the Software License Terms that customers accept upon first running Windows and Windows Server software. Thanks to downgrade rights, end users who have acquired a more recent version of the software (such as Windows 8 Pro or Windows Server 2012 Standard) can use a prior version of the software (such as Windows 7 Professional or Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard) until they are ready to move to the more recent version."

So any user who buys a new computer with Windows 8 Pro has the right to downgrade to Windows 7 Pro.

JHBrown said,
Easily huh? So grandpa Joe and aunty Jenny know about downgrade rights huh? Also, buying a Windows 7 computer is not as easy as you make it out to be. We are talking normal consumers who don't even know the difference between Intel and AMD. Easy my a s s!

Yes even grandpa Joe and your aunty Jenny can know about it.

They are known with these fabulous websites like Google right?

Enter

I bought a new laptop and I don't want new windows
and tadá... second link "HOW TO DOWNGRADE".

If people can't put schoolboard questions into a search engine, they have no business on the internet and should please stay disconnected.

SharpGreen said,
W3Schools has Win8 pegged about 8% of there visitors vs. 2 and some change for Vista.

Hardly representative of the average internet user though.

Ambroos said,

Hardly representative of the average internet user though.


Ok? Just pointing out something saw and thought was relevant.

UXGaurav said,
How much did Vista reach maximum before the share started falling? I think it was 20% or 25%?
I tought it was 22,4%

Raa said,
It wasn't much, that's for sure.

Well Vista is the biggest fail so far. I guess Windows 8 will be even bigger fail. Maybe 8.1 or any new version will inherit the Windows XP-7 success.

DaveBG said,

Well Vista is the biggest fail so far. I guess Windows 8 will be even bigger fail. Maybe 8.1 or any new version will inherit the Windows XP-7 success.

When 95 was released... Worst product MS ever made.
Win 98.. same.
Win 98SE...praised for some reason.
WinME...worst product MS ever made.
Win2k...praised....
WinXP... worst product MS ever made, somehow around SP2 this opinion changed and even today people praise it.
WinVista.. Worst product MS ever made.
Win7 (kinda like Win98SE/WinXP SP2).. praised by all.
Win8.. worst product MS ever made.
Win8.1..... praised by many once more.

I love patterns.
Somehow Microsoft can only win if they release the same thing but as V2.

Mmm, a grow of 0,83%, compared to the last months, that is a huge improvement. By the way: IE10 is now more used than IE9 .

Studio384 said,
Mmm, a grow of 0,83%, compared to the last months, that is a huge improvement. By the way: IE10 is now more used than IE9 .
report back when it is more used than IE8 and IE6

Studio384 said,
It's already, at least, more than IE6.

Makes me wonder how many people lamenting IE6, even check the stats. (6.13% for those who don't want to go look.)

J_R_G said,

Makes me wonder how many people lamenting IE6, even check the stats. (6.13% for those who don't want to go look.)


Lets not forget that it took until 2006-2007 before Win98 market dropped below 1%