Windows 8 market share up slightly in February to 2.79 percent

Windows 8 made some more gains in the overall PC operating system market share in February, but the overall progress of Microsoft's latest Windows OS continues to be slow. Net Applications shows that worldwide, Windows 8 was installed on 2.79 percent of all PCs last month.

Those updated numbers are an improvement from January where Windows 8 had 2.36 percent of the PC OS market share. Net Applications actually breaks down Windows 8 in three parts; Windows 8 at 2.67 percent, Windows 8 Touch at 0.10 percent and Windows RT Touch at 0.02 percent. The good news? February's numbers show that Windows 8 is installed on more PCs than the current Mac OS version, 10.8, which claimed 2.61 percent of the market share.

Windows 7 is still the most popular PC OS in the world, with 44.55 percent, a slight gain from 44.48 percent in January. Windows XP continues its decline worldwide. Net Applications shows it claimed 38.99 percent of the PC OS share, down from 39.51 in January. Windows Vista is also still sliding; it had 5.17 percent of the market share in February, down from 5.24 in January.

So what does this data actually mean? Windows 8 PCs have been on sale for the last four months, but the period of time that Microsoft gave for relatively cheap upgrades for older PCs is officially over. It remains to be seen if the general public will finally embrace Windows 8 as they purchase new PCs.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications

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And the Windows 8 disaster continues, at this speed by 2020 it will have 20% of the market share.

Microsoft give it practically for free and still no one wanted it, the next step is to pay the user to use it

john.smith_2084 said,
And the Windows 8 disaster continues, at this speed by 2020 it will have 20% of the market share.

Microsoft give it practically for free and still no one wanted it, the next step is to pay the user to use it

MS always has temporary deals for new versions of Windows when it comes out, this is nothing new, I got my copy of Win7 for free and got my copy of Win8 64bit for $40.

This is not news. The newest version of Windows will always take the lead in market share. There are some exceptions, but for the most part it's inevitable that Microsoft's latest product will be the market leader, because Microsoft has deals with PC manufacturers so that if you go into a store and buy a computer, any computer, that is pre-built, it comes with a copy of the latest version of Windows pre-installed. That's not to say their products are good or bad, but the "market share" of a given OS is not a reliable indicator of its quality, ease of use, or overall stability, because Microsoft owns the PC market, and Apple doesn't like it when people install OSX on non-Apple computers.

Windows 8 is the reason I may give up on a desktop PC completely as it seems obvious desktop PCs are no longer in the mind of Microsoft. They seem to have given up and making operating system with the Desktop PC not even in mind.

NinjaGinger said
Windows 8 is the reason I may give up on a desktop PC completely as it seems obvious desktop PCs are no longer in the mind of Microsoft. They seem to have given up and making operating system with the Desktop PC not even in mind.
So, lets see. They kept the Desktop, they added new features, made the OS faster, more stable and secure, but just because they have a touch-centric UI it means they gave up on PC's..

NinjaGinger said,
Windows 8 is the reason I may give up on a desktop PC completely as it seems obvious desktop PCs are no longer in the mind of Microsoft. They seem to have given up and making operating system with the Desktop PC not even in mind.

If that was the case they wouldn't have made desktop side improvements in 8 which they did. I think you're jumping the gun here.

GP007 said,
If that was the case they wouldn't have made desktop side improvements in 8 which they did. .

The desktop side improvements are pretty tame... Microsoft is not about to kill off the desktop side right away, but they do appear to have somewhat lost interest in it.

CSharp. said,

The desktop side improvements are pretty tame... Microsoft is not about to kill off the desktop side right away, but they do appear to have somewhat lost interest in it.

Like it or not mobile is going to take over so while I think the desktop isn't going away exactly it will see more changes to better match the rest of the UI.

GP007 said,

Like it or not mobile is going to take over so while I think the desktop isn't going away exactly it will see more changes to better match the rest of the UI.


Like it or not, if Microsoft continues this way, it will be replaced by Google and Mac

john.smith_2084 said,


Like it or not, if Microsoft continues this way, it will be replaced by Google and Mac

For what, the desktop? I doubt it. Once the UI started in 8 comes together and matures there won't be any issues.

I use chrome because I can't sync my favourites on IE10 that I know off. (I don't want to use an add-on).

I don't like Firefox, just don't like its bulky feeling.

So why is Windows RT included in the Windows 8 count, but iOS and Android running on tablets are not included at all? Who gets to decide at what point an OS is being used for "PC" tasks and when it's not?

I do. Now go back to your room and take a nap, there a good little boy. Android doesn't qualify as an "operating system". It's a stupid little toy running on the Java kiddie system. Stolen too, from what I hear.

So tell me, who's acting like the "little boy" here? Seems to be you, Major. Grow up and quit the personal attacks.

Ohh...watch out guys we've got a bad ass over here.

@Major why don't you go back to your walled garden and let Apple pimp you around.

@ Sabrex You have a valid point.

Major Plonquer said,
I do. Now go back to your room and take a nap, there a good little boy. Android doesn't qualify as an "operating system". It's a stupid little toy running on the Java kiddie system. Stolen too, from what I hear.

You do? And who are you? The Gran Vizir?
Really hilarious...

Tyler R. said,
Ohh...watch out guys we've got a bad ass over here.

@Major why don't you go back to your walled garden and let Apple pimp you around.

@ Sabrex You have a valid point.

Its actually quite fun to see Apple and Android fans fight it out on a Microsoft ticket.

A little fail if you think a bit. Basically, the marketshare grows only because of new computers being sold with Windows 8 preinstalled. Except a few people on Neowin, nobody seem to give a damn about it.

Conclusion: Windows 7 is pretty good as it is, and with Windows 8 there is little incentive to upgrade.

Mortis said,
A little fail if you think a bit. Basically, the marketshare grows only because of new computers being sold with Windows 8 preinstalled. Except a few people on Neowin, nobody seem to give a damn about it.

Conclusion: Windows 7 is pretty good as it is, and with Windows 8 there is little incentive to upgrade.

So it 'only' grows because people go out and spend hundreds - thousands of dollars to buy a new computer. Yet you are convinced that is worse than people going out and upgrading for $50. Why are there 1.9% osx 10.6 and 1.9% osx 10.7 users still? It only grows because people buy new macs instead of the $20 upgrade, or the fact there's artificial limitations in place to prevent upgrades and get people to buy a new machine. Little incentive to upgrade to 10.8 which is 2.6% marketshare? Windows 7 is sooo good that 39% of users still on Windows XP right? Look at the trend MOST people do not do inplace upgrades of their operating system; it's simply a matter of time that the new OS will overtake the previous ones.

There is some assumption that people don't have any choice but to buy a Windows laptop, the last time I looked you have whole mini apple stores in Walmarts and BestBuy so if people really wanted one of those piece of crap machines they would have bought them - no one does except hipster doofuses that think shiney aluminum with a **** poor OS is cool since the tv advert told them so.

Edited by , Mar 1 2013, 1:32pm :

I agree with you. The most worrying thing for Microsoft must be that since XP, their OSes are "good enough", to the point that people simply don't upgrade anymore to the newer versions. Take XP: 11 years, almost 12... and still going strong.

pgn said,

simply a matter of time that the new OS will overtake the previous ones.

What like Vista did/has with Xp (sorry couldn`t resist )

I`d expect in maybe 5-10 years time windows 7 will be where Xp is now, along with OS x, y and z. Also it`s getting much harder to find a new pc with windows 7 on, around here anyway.

"Conclusion: Windows 7 is pretty good as it is, and with Windows 8 there is little incentive to upgrade."

Nail hit on head. The conversation well over 90% of global computer users are having is whether they should use W7 or W8. There's little appetite for Apple and even less for the dog's bollox, Linux (who? what?)

Major Plonquer said,
"Conclusion: Windows 7 is pretty good as it is, and with Windows 8 there is little incentive to upgrade."

Nail hit on head. The conversation well over 90% of global computer users are having is whether they should use W7 or W8. There's little appetite for Apple and even less for the dog's bollox, Linux (who? what?)


Most computer users don't give a damn about the OS they are using.
Ask the average mac user what Windows they are using.
Or the average Windows user... Which windows they are using.

Major Plonquer said,
"Conclusion: Windows 7 is pretty good as it is, and with Windows 8 there is little incentive to upgrade."

Nail hit on head. The conversation well over 90% of global computer users are having is whether they should use W7 or W8. There's little appetite for Apple and even less for the dog's bollox, Linux (who? what?)

Market share is something geeks love to debate about but for any company, in every sector, profitability is the key factor.
Ford makes more cars,than Porsche still the latter is the most profitable automaker in the World.

pgn said,

So it 'only' grows because people go out and spend hundreds - thousands of dollars to buy a new computer. Yet you are convinced that is worse than people going out and upgrading for $50. Why are there 1.9% osx 10.6 and 1.9% osx 10.7 users still? It only grows because people buy new macs instead of the $20 upgrade, or the fact there's artificial limitations in place to prevent upgrades and get people to buy a new machine. Little incentive to upgrade to 10.8 which is 2.6% marketshare? Windows 7 is sooo good that 39% of users still on Windows XP right? Look at the trend MOST people do not do inplace upgrades of their operating system; it's simply a matter of time that the new OS will overtake the previous ones.

There is some assumption that people don't have any choice but to buy a Windows laptop, the last time I looked you have whole mini apple stores in Walmarts and BestBuy so if people really wanted one of those piece of crap machines they would have bought them - no one does except hipster doofuses that think shiney aluminum with a **** poor OS is cool since the tv advert told them so.

Could not have said it any better. Excellent.

Still more users on Vista!!! The move to Windows 8, even if it's sold on new computers, is quite slow.

I made my move and jumped full time to OS X. That's what Win8 did to me.

TruckWEB said,
Still more users on Vista!!! The move to Windows 8, even if it's sold on new computers, is quite slow.

I made my move and jumped full time to OS X. That's what Win8 did to me.

Vista has been out for 5+ years now, it has about the same marketshare as MacOSX (all versions combined) which has been out 10+ years now. Windows 8 has been out 4 months and will soon surpass both of them. What's the excuse for the **** poor marketshare of OSX? Other than no one uses it because its complete crap and that people dual boot back into Windows.

If Microsoft releaes BOB again it will surpass OSX. OSX is no reference.

Windows is.
I think it's bad that Vista still bigger. OK, it's been just a few months, but seems slow to me. More even than I expected.
Disclosure: I use Windows 8 both at home and work. I hate Windows 8.

pgn said,

What's the excuse for the **** poor marketshare of OSX? .

Well , Apple has succeeded in other markets were Microsoft has failed.
Microsoft is clearly trying to gain the tablet market with win8; a more interesting comparison would be win RT vs iOs, it would be funny. The question, is actually if Microsoft is loosing Pc market share because of win 8 .

Windows 8, after only 4 months, has overtaken every Apple OS. That's the real number on display here.

Comparing W8 to Vista which has been on sale for over 5 years in bonkers. Maybe you should stick with your OSX.

Still more users on Vista!!! The move to Windows 8, even if it's sold on new computers, is quite slow.

What? Windows 7 was the fastest selling OS of that time and it took it almost 11 months to beat Vista. And almost three years to overtake XP.

Does that mean 7 sucks?

pgn said,

Vista has been out for 5+ years now, it has about the same marketshare as MacOSX (all versions combined) which has been out 10+ years now. Windows 8 has been out 4 months and will soon surpass both of them. What's the excuse for the **** poor marketshare of OSX? Other than no one uses it because its complete crap and that people dual boot back into Windows.

In the real World a new MS OS is compared to the previous one; Apple has never been a benchmark for anybody but some peculiar people.

TruckWEB said
I made my move and jumped full time to OS X. That's what Win8 did to me.
If you're that incapable of taking 10 minutes to learn about Windows 8, then you should probably stick with OS X. I wonder what you'll do when you run into a problem on OS X.. What are you going to do then..

pgn said,

Vista has been out for 5+ years now, it has about the same marketshare as MacOSX (all versions combined) which has been out 10+ years now. Windows 8 has been out 4 months and will soon surpass both of them. What's the excuse for the **** poor marketshare of OSX?

Are you really that uninformed? Only one company makes computers for OS X while anybody can make a computer for Windows.

Also, maybe you missed this recent entry: http://www.neowin.net/news/mac...-as-the-pc-industry-shrinks

HoochieMamma said,
Not hard when practically every computer sold now has it. It's inevitable.

True, including businesses. When Vista came out, we ordered Vista licenses with each PC we bought, but we down graded to XP. Downgrading doesnt happen nearly as often in the home market though.

ingramator said,

What's your point?

Point is that Windows 8 will always see an increase in market since every new PC is, or will be, coming with Windows 8 loaded. So yea, a ton of licenses sold even if people down grade.

Not hard to understand what he meant. Unless you were being funny.

techbeck said,

Point is that Windows 8 will always see an increase in market since every new PC is, or will be, coming with Windows 8 loaded. So yea, a ton of licenses sold even if people down grade.

Not hard to understand what he meant. Unless you were being funny.


The real question is, if it always happens, why is it news?

billyea said,

The real question is, if it always happens, why is it news?

To show and report the changing market share with different Windows versions and OSX.

billyea said,
The real question is, if it always happens, why is it news?

It's useful for app developers in particular. And it's useful for ordinary users because the bigger Windows 8's usage share is, the more likely developers will make apps for it.

billyea said,

The real question is, if it always happens, why is it news?

Monitoring how fast it grows can give an idea about PC sales trend, and when compared with actual PC sales monitoring about OS downgrading trend, if any?
lot of overreacting people here...

HoochieMamma said,
Not hard when practically every computer sold now has it. It's inevitable.

That's not yet the case, I see more older laptops on the market with Windows 7 on them still being sold. The channel hasn't sold out all the old Win7 systems yet and we don't have enough of the new touch based models out on mass which is why Windows 8s gain in share is still slowish. If more new PCs had it and all the older 7 systems where off the market then each month it's gain in share would be way over the 1% mark.

People aren't buying them to any large degree. What does that tell you?

Those that do will always be able to install whatever operating system they want to.

One thing is ignored my most of the guys, NetApplications is not tracking the licenses sold, the tracking is accomplished by the visits to the sites. Which means a PC which have been downgraded is already been counted towards downgraded OS. Similarly, One thing often neglected in these reports the numbers which are not connected to the internet and trust me there are lot.