Windows 8 market share up slightly in March to 3.31 percent

Windows 8 continued to gain market share at a snail's pace among PC operating systems in March 2013, according to the just updated numbers from Net Applications. The research firm's website shows that worldwide, Windows 8 was installed on 3.31 percent of all PCs last month.

Those new numbers are still an improvement from February's results where Windows 8 had 2.79 percent of the PC OS market share. Net Applications breaks down Windows 8 in three parts; Windows 8 at 3.17 percent, Windows 8 Touch at 0.12 percent and Windows RT Touch at 0.02 percent.

Windows 7 is still the most popular PC OS in the world, and Net Applications shows that it is actually gaining market share even with the availability of Windows 8. According to the Net Applications's numbers, Windows 7 was installed in 44.77 percent of all PCs in March, a gain from 44.55 percent in February and from 44.48 percent in January.

Windows XP continues its decline worldwide. Net Applications shows it was working inside 38.73 percent of all PCs in March, down from 38.99 percent in February and from 39.51 in January. Microsoft will officially end support for Windows XP just over a year from now. Windows Vista is also still sliding; it had 4.99 percent in March down from 5.17 percent in February and from 5.24 in January.

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As soon as those limited applications (content consumption) where a touch-centric UI on a tablet or mini-laptop makes sense gets saturated, the market share of Windows-8 will stabilize and remain fairly constant. Data creation based applications and uses needing full-size keyboards and mice will still use Windows-7 and XP.

My math is a little rusty, but 3.31% out of the known 1.3Billion Windows users are using Windows 8 which translates to how many people? Can someonedo the math?

People are buying ipads and galaxy tabs, where I live people aren't bothering with traditional desktops/laptops anymore, they want touch and mobile. OEM's holding back on Windows RT Tablets and marketing them are only hurting themselves. Microsoft's own ridiculous global release policies are hurting them as well. Windows 8/RT is a good idea that can be polished but OEM's need to put out innovative hardware to differentiate it instead of the same $400 laptops/desktops with Win 8 and a ton of bloat thrown on them.
As for me, my desktop is happily running win 8, my most used software pinned to the Start Screen and arranged in categories.

I wonder how long Microsoft will let this fail go on before *listening*. A better question would be, what douche at Microsoft is whispering into Balmer's ear: "The people will learn to like the turd". At this point it is just a ****ing riot.

runningnak3d said,
I wonder how long Microsoft will let this fail go on before *listening*. A better question would be, what douche at Microsoft is whispering into Balmer's ear: "The people will learn to like the turd". At this point it is just a ****ing riot.

Judging by the Blue leak, they are listening.

Dot Matrix said,

Judging by the Blue leak, they are listening.

LMAO! I guess you haven't actually installed or even read up on Blue. Here is a spoiler, MS is pushing Metro even harder. They want the desktop to go away. They are morons.

runningnak3d said,

LMAO! I guess you haven't actually installed or even read up on Blue. Here is a spoiler, MS is pushing Metro even harder. They want the desktop to go away. They are morons.

If your position is no metro ever, then yes, they are not listening to these people. They are listening to those who have given constructive criticism. Many have said metro icons are too large on large PC monitors. Now there's a smaller version. Others have said Metro fullscreen apps aren't practical on a large display. With blue you will be able to display 1, 2, 3, even 4 metro apps at a time. Still more complained about a lack of metro control panel options. Now there are a ton.

And for all of those complaining that the desktop is going away, it STILL is at least as functional as Windows 7, and is even more so with Windows 8 enhancements like improved file copy dialogue, improved task manager, improved multi monitor support, native ISO mount support, etc.

runningnak3d said,

LMAO! I guess you haven't actually installed or even read up on Blue. Here is a spoiler, MS is pushing Metro even harder. They want the desktop to go away. They are morons.


Jesus Christ dude, step down on the hater coolaid man.
Metro isn't going away, but they are listening to users. I've already seen improvements for things I ran into myself or I found to be lacking to it. I let Microsoft send back feedback on my usage statistics of their applications. One of the few companies I allow automatic feedback, because I know Microsoft actually uses the feedback. We seen it from Vista to 7. The reason why it improved so much, is that Microsoft used feedback from Vista users.

But the desktop in Win8 is almost identical to Win7, this is why I absolutely do not get why you and so many haters are absolutely hating this OS. The desktop barely changed, actually it has improved quite a bit over Win7.
And the desktop will stay with us for another decade or 2, don't worry about that. Microsoft isn't going to give up its backwards compatibility. I wouldn't even surprise if in the future they'd make the WIN32API work under RT. The desktop is going nowhere in the foreseeable future, and yes one day it is going away. This was a known fact already back when Apple released a computer with a desktop. Everything eventually gets replaced. Deal with it.
Change isn't wrong or bad, it just happens.
And if you don't like it. There is a 2decade old history of customizing Windows. You can easily make your Windows 8 have the same capabilities and visual looks as Compiz has on Ubuntu.

So the hating is absolutely unnessesary, OSX comes with a default look you can customize (not to sure how far, little experience with OSX) Linux distro's come with a desktop manager, usually KDE LXDE or GNOME. Which take allot of work to make it exactly like you might want it.
I absolutely hate GNOME3 but its okay, cause I still like Linux and I can easily replace my desktop manager.
And on Windows I can also switch around the desktop manager and not run Explorer AT ALL. But use a 3rd party shell.

Hope you get it or keep hating blindly.

But the desktop in Win8 is almost identical to Win7,

hell no, it looks more worse

Windows 8 looks like windows 3.1.

to ugly for words, not for power desktop usage
And it needs to much tweaks to work with out of the box!

Dutchman01 said,
hell no, it looks more worse

Windows 8 looks like windows 3.1.

to ugly for words, not for power desktop usage
And it needs to much tweaks to work with out of the box!

What the desktop looks like has no bearing on what is is capable of. Second, plenty of people, especially power users, set Windows' theme to "classic" mode in Windows XP through 7 which harkens back to Windows 95 and clearly resembles Windows 3.1.

runningnak3d said,

LMAO! I guess you haven't actually installed or even read up on Blue. Here is a spoiler, MS is pushing Metro even harder. They want the desktop to go away. They are morons.

I have read up on Blue, and yes, I saw they are pushing Metro, much to my excitement. But the desktop is still there. It's not going to go away overnight, but it's not going to be around forever.

Shadowzz said,
Everything eventually gets replaced. Deal with it.
Change isn't wrong or bad, it just happens.

Uh, actually, the fact that change isn't intrinsically wrong or bad doesn't mean that it can't EVER be wrong or bad. That would be ridiculous to assume. There is bad change. And there is wrong change. I'll leave you with this:

“Change is easy. Improvement is far more difficult” Dr. Ferdinand Porsche

Shadowzz said,

Jesus Christ dude, step down on the hater coolaid man.
Metro isn't going away, but they are listening to users. I've already seen improvements for things I ran into myself or I found to be lacking to it. I let Microsoft send back feedback on my usage statistics of their applications. One of the few companies I allow automatic feedback, because I know Microsoft actually uses the feedback. We seen it from Vista to 7. The reason why it improved so much, is that Microsoft used feedback from Vista users.

But the desktop in Win8 is almost identical to Win7, this is why I absolutely do not get why you and so many haters are absolutely hating this OS. The desktop barely changed, actually it has improved quite a bit over Win7.
And the desktop will stay with us for another decade or 2, don't worry about that. Microsoft isn't going to give up its backwards compatibility. I wouldn't even surprise if in the future they'd make the WIN32API work under RT. The desktop is going nowhere in the foreseeable future, and yes one day it is going away. This was a known fact already back when Apple released a computer with a desktop. Everything eventually gets replaced. Deal with it.
Change isn't wrong or bad, it just happens.
And if you don't like it. There is a 2decade old history of customizing Windows. You can easily make your Windows 8 have the same capabilities and visual looks as Compiz has on Ubuntu.

So the hating is absolutely unnessesary, OSX comes with a default look you can customize (not to sure how far, little experience with OSX) Linux distro's come with a desktop manager, usually KDE LXDE or GNOME. Which take allot of work to make it exactly like you might want it.
I absolutely hate GNOME3 but its okay, cause I still like Linux and I can easily replace my desktop manager.
And on Windows I can also switch around the desktop manager and not run Explorer AT ALL. But use a 3rd party shell.

Hope you get it or keep hating blindly.

Shadowzz said,

Jesus Christ dude, step down on the hater coolaid man.
Metro isn't going away, but they are listening to users. I've already seen improvements for things I ran into myself or I found to be lacking to it. I let Microsoft send back feedback on my usage statistics of their applications. One of the few companies I allow automatic feedback, because I know Microsoft actually uses the feedback. We seen it from Vista to 7. The reason why it improved so much, is that Microsoft used feedback from Vista users.

But the desktop in Win8 is almost identical to Win7, this is why I absolutely do not get why you and so many haters are absolutely hating this OS. The desktop barely changed, actually it has improved quite a bit over Win7.
And the desktop will stay with us for another decade or 2, don't worry about that. Microsoft isn't going to give up its backwards compatibility. I wouldn't even surprise if in the future they'd make the WIN32API work under RT. The desktop is going nowhere in the foreseeable future, and yes one day it is going away. This was a known fact already back when Apple released a computer with a desktop. Everything eventually gets replaced. Deal with it.
Change isn't wrong or bad, it just happens.
And if you don't like it. There is a 2decade old history of customizing Windows. You can easily make your Windows 8 have the same capabilities and visual looks as Compiz has on Ubuntu.

So the hating is absolutely unnessesary, OSX comes with a default look you can customize (not to sure how far, little experience with OSX) Linux distro's come with a desktop manager, usually KDE LXDE or GNOME. Which take allot of work to make it exactly like you might want it.
I absolutely hate GNOME3 but its okay, cause I still like Linux and I can easily replace my desktop manager.
And on Windows I can also switch around the desktop manager and not run Explorer AT ALL. But use a 3rd party shell.

Hope you get it or keep hating blindly.

I ****ing hate Windows 8. It is my God given right to do so. It is an ugly, nasty, piece of **** OS. Now why do I care? Why don't I just use something else? Because there IS NOTHING ELSE. Microsoft is ****ing up my OS of choice, and it is ****ing me off real good. If people like myself yell long and loud enough, maybe some of that will get through. I'm sure they will get a nice smack in the face wake up call when they see that they end up with NO enterprise customers. At this point, I almost want to see Microsoft crash and burn.

runningnak3d said,
Why don't I just use something else? Because there IS NOTHING ELSE.

Something happen to XP, Vista or 7 (good till 2020) that they suddenly don't work for you?

runningnak3d said,

If people like myself yell long and loud enough, maybe some of that will get through.

Do you really believe that? Because I have some bad news for you: Yelling loudly and often is the exact way to make people *not* want to listen to you. It's probably the best way to come off as a raving lunatic. If the only thing you have to offer is expletives regarding how much you absolutely hate it then no one, and I mean NO ONE will listen to you ever. This is a pretty general life lesson that most well adjusted human beings have figured out by now i.e. you just come off as mentally defective to every rational person around.

If you have actual constructive criticism, then by all means, try to express them calmly in words other than "ugly, nasty, piece of ****". However, if the crux of your issue is that Windows 8 somehow inexplicably took away your choice in operating systems despite actually adding to your choice, you may need to revisit basic logic class.

I really think Neowin needs to put a disclaimer about how net applications massages their data if they're going to post their stats so frequently. In statistics, the name of the game is a representative sample. Net applications bases their global stats on a network of only 4000 websites, generating a mere 150 million samples per month. To make up for this lack of sample size, they weight the data by country based on internet usage data that is 4 years out of date. I simply do not have confidence that this is a represenative sample of internet users.

Compare this to Statcounter, with a network of 3 million sites and 17 billion page views per month, several orders of magnitude more data.

Net applications is struggling to maintain relevance. The just put most of their data behind a pawall, which does not build confidence in m mind. I think Neowin should mention as much when they quote these statistics as fact every month like clockwork.

I'm still waiting for a 'this is the year of linux' comment, oh wait is that the 2.05%, way to go Gabe.

bucko said,
I'm still waiting for a 'this is the year of linux' comment, oh wait is that the 2.05%

No. Linux is at ~1%. The "Other" category with a marketshare of 2.05% also includes Mac OS X 10.5 and a few lesser-used operating systems.

Mr. Dee said,
To be honest though, OS X seems to be doing worst.

It's at ~7%. A lot more than Linux but obviously a lot less than Windows. If I remember correctly, the latest version of OS X was the most quickly adopted operating system ever though. As for individual versions, clearly more people already use Windows 8 than any single version of OS X. Obviously expectations are different for MS and Apple though with respect to the marketshare of desktop operating systems.

And will continue to go up with new PC sales. So its a given market share will rise...its how quickly that has yet to be seen. So far, its pretty slow.

It's taken 5 months to get to 3.3%.
Does anyone knows hos Vista was doing at that time? (I do love Vista, but it was a failure. I just wonder how much....)

Another think to consider is the market is much larger now than it was when vista was released by a half billion more pcs so I would say windows 8 is out selling vista.

2% love Windows 8 and 1% have to live with it, good job Microsoft, Windows is now popular almost as another Linux distribution.

At this speed Windows 9/Blue will get 2%, and Windows 10 will compete with Adidas (We know they produce shoos)

john.smith_2084 said,
2% love Windows 8 and 1% have to live with it, good job Microsoft, Windows is now popular almost as another Linux distribution.

At this speed Windows 9/Blue will get 2%, and Windows 10 will compete with Adidas (We know they produce shoos)

I think you will find individual linux distributions make up literally less than 0.005% and that's being generous.

3.31 how embarrassing, should have listened to us MS, instead you lied to us, and now windows 8 is a colossal failure just as we told you it would be long before it was ever released.

Order_66 said,
3.31 how embarrassing, should have listened to us MS, instead you lied to us, and now windows 8 is a colossal failure just as we told you it would be long before it was ever released.

Could I please borrow your crystal ball? I'd love to find out what OS you will be using in 10 years time!

Gee, I mistakenly read that Windows 3.11 market share went up by 8 percent. Color me illiterate.

Edited by Phouchg, Apr 1 2013, 11:48am :

Still rockin' Vista.

Mostly because Windows 7 had POINTLESS UI changes that were so bad I couldn't bring myself to use it due to the extreme drop in speed and efficiency I had when navigating/managing things. It was also far worse aesthetically.

Hell, if you want to see visual examples, I put together a comparison album: http://imgur.com/a/DXZ0G

As for Windows 8? Hah! I'll probably use it on a tablet; mainly for familiarity to the Windows platform; though I might be more frustrated than if I used Android for the same reason.

Edited by DAOWAce, Apr 1 2013, 10:32am :

You are a very strange person, all I've ever heard/felt with Windows 7 is that it's a smoother experience compared to Vista. Also you have several errors in your album.

veternan said,
Consider yourself Not a real PC user

Real pc users don't need start menu to open computer they know at least 5 ways to accomplish that and as far as application launching goes, it's proven that start screen is faster if you have large number of applications which a real pc user always have.

If you can't even deal with windows 8 consider yourself an average user not real pc user, a real pc users can deal with anything that is given( linux, windows, mac), A real pc user doesn't even need gui to accomplish task shell or command is enough.

Can you give me a definition of real PC users?
I have been using PC with MS OS for over 10 years, untill today I realize I'm not 'real PC' user ...

veternan said,
Windows 8 didn't satisfy real PC users!!

.52% market share gain each month is good. Back in January I did some back of the envelope calculations based on .5% growth each month and they are right on track. Should be at about 8% market share by the end of the year at current pace. Of course with back to school and the holidays they may increase their sales rate at the end of the year so 8-10% share in the first year.

Also very good to see XP and Vista dropping each month with majority moving to Win8. With support for XP ending next year that should hasten the decline of XP and move to Windows 8.

Avatar Roku said,
.52% market share gain each month is good. Back in January I did some back of the envelope calculations based on .5% growth each month and they are right on track. Should be at about 8% market share by the end of the year at current pace. Of course with back to school and the holidays they may increase their sales rate at the end of the year so 8-10% share in the first year.

Also very good to see XP and Vista dropping each month with majority moving to Win8. With support for XP ending next year that should hasten the decline of XP and move to Windows 8.


My educated guess is that the end of XP support will make companies upgrade to W7 more than to W8. Maybe the release of Blue could help the adoption of W8 but the bulk of them will go with W7. Time will tell...

No need. Many of us here warned MS in plenty of time to fix Windows 8 for desktop (home and business) users before RTM. They didn't listen again and again and again.

Apparently, if the recent Windows Blue leaks are anything to go by, they still aren't listening...

excalpius said,
No need. Many of us here warned MS in plenty of time to fix Windows 8 for desktop (home and business) users before RTM. They didn't listen again and again and again.

Apparently, if the recent Windows Blue leaks are anything to go by, they still aren't listening...


Many like you also warned MS about UAC. Thankfully instead of listening and removing it, they improved on it instead.
That's what they will do on 8+ and that's what they should do.

Actually no, UAC is necessary for admins working on Win 7 desktops. This avoids the necessity to log off and log on under admin account to do installations or anything that needs elevated privileges. I had to do it on Windows xp, now on 7 all I need is enter the admin username and password to go on.

excalpius said,
No need. Many of us here warned MS in plenty of time to fix Windows 8 for desktop (home and business) users before RTM. They didn't listen again and again and again.

Apparently, if the recent Windows Blue leaks are anything to go by, they still aren't listening...

For which I'm very happy. The startscreen is here to stay, I wouldnt want to go back to a Windows without it. And having both a startscreen and a startmenu would only make it more messy.

I do think Microsoft needs to find a way to make the Windows 8 UI easier for those on non-touch but they decided the change things and they cant just go back to the same old. Besides people have Always complaint Microsoft is selling the same OS each year. I'm happy to see change for once, and IMO for the better.

Confuser said,
Actually no, UAC is necessary for admins working on Win 7 desktops. This avoids the necessity to log off and log on under admin account to do installations or anything that needs elevated privileges. I had to do it on Windows xp, now on 7 all I need is enter the admin username and password to go on.

I seem to remember a "Run As" functionality in earlier versions of Windows (still available if you shift+right click in newer versions).

mrp04 said,

I seem to remember a "Run As" functionality in earlier versions of Windows (still available if you shift+right click in newer versions).

UAC is much more powerful than Run As was for this specific use-case.