Windows 8 Market Share Increases to 2.2% in January

Windows 8's market share during January 2013 increased from 1.72 percent to 2.2 percent. According to Net Applications, Microsoft's latest Windows operating system accounted for 2.26 percent of the OS market during January. It represents a jump from 1.72 percent in December and 1.09 percent in November.

January's figures placed Windows 8 in fifth place behind several other operating systems. It trails behind Apple's Mac OS X 10.8, which has a market share of 2.44 percent.

Windows 7 continued its dominance in first place with a 44.4 percent share, but that's a slight drop from December. Following that platform was Windows XP, which accounted for 39.5 percent of the market, a slight increase from December. In third place, Vista settled for a 5.24 percent share.

Windows 8's poor start in the market has seen Microsoft placing the blame on PC vendors for not launching enough compelling touchscreen tablets powered by the platform.

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  • dalethepcman
    Microsoft wouldn't have to blame poor performance on anyone if they had metro disabled for non touchscreen devices...

    That may have been Balmers plan all along though...
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  • bison88
    Windows 8 rises
    Windows 7 drops
    Windows XP RISES

    What kind of bizzaro world is this lol? Only thing that makes sense is Windows Vista dropping.
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  • A Bad Day
    internetladcan't believe nearly 40 percent of computer users are still stuck on XP.How long do they plan to cling to this now-ancient standard? Windows 7 offers more than enough compelling reasons to upgrade.I suppose if all you're doing is internet browsing and email, you don't need much.


    A lot of businesses and public buildings (schools, police stations, hospitals etc) still use Windows xp.

    Either they lack the funding for new computers, or there's no incentive to upgrade.
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  • internetlad
    can't believe nearly 40 percent of computer users are still stuck on XP.

    How long do they plan to cling to this now-ancient standard? Windows 7 offers more than enough compelling reasons to upgrade.

    I suppose if all you're doing is internet browsing and email, you don't need much.
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  • dalethepcman
    Microsoft wouldn't have to blame poor performance on anyone if they had metro disabled for non touchscreen devices...

    That may have been Balmers plan all along though...
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  • wannabepro
    I hate Windows XP. I realize it may have been great at the time, but we are so far past that now..

    In 2003, I imagined 2013 to have stuff like the screens in Halo: Forward Unto Dawn.
    (The ones that the kid uses to hack stuff with)
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