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Windows XP Drops Below 40%, Windows 8 Passes 1%

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Adding to the speculation that Windows 8 may need some extra push to generate PC sales, Net Applications has released an estimate on the operating system's market share.

According to the Internet analysis firm, Windows 8 had a share of 1.09 percent of all operating systems at the end of the first full month of its availability.

It is too early to make a judgment on what that number really means, even if that 1.09 percent includes all those users who used the operating system prior to its release and simply upgraded when it became available in October 2012. However, it is unlikely that Windows 8 will reach the market share of Windows 7, which was released in October 2009. Net Applications said that Windows 7's average market share during the fourth quarter 2009 was 3.97 percent.

Windows 7 increased its market share in November from 44.60 percent to 44.71 percent, indicating that consumers are still picking the old operating system. Windows XP, however, fell below 40 percent for the first time in almost 10 years and is now estimated at 39.82 percent share.

StatCounter released vastly different market share numbers. The company estimates Windows 7 market share at 53.15 percent and Windows XP share at 26.19 percent. StatCounter did not release Windows market share numbers and listed the new OS under "other" operating systems, which landed at 3.08 percent.


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    tripledouce , December 5, 2012 12:22 PM
    The cancer that is windows 8 is spreading! please somebody kill it.
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    john15v16 , December 5, 2012 12:08 PM
    Windows XP is hard to beat but I think Windows 7 is a better OS...Windows 8 on the other hand...I will wait for SP1 or maybe SP2...or maybe just windows 9...
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    EzioAs , December 5, 2012 12:32 PM
    "Windows 8 Passes 1%"

    oh...wow...
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    john15v16 , December 5, 2012 12:08 PM
    Windows XP is hard to beat but I think Windows 7 is a better OS...Windows 8 on the other hand...I will wait for SP1 or maybe SP2...or maybe just windows 9...
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    kawininjazx , December 5, 2012 12:09 PM
    Windows 8 is the 1%.

    And Windows 7 picks up.
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    drbaltazar , December 5, 2012 12:15 PM
    at the pace its going they should grab about 10 to 15% of market share!no surprise really !this os was targeted at xp and again xp yelled :NO TY!and i got to say i agree!check me!i can have a lot of techno from ms,donnybrooks,dx11,remote differential compression,64 bit ,tessalation.etc etc etc and all of those are useless because they arent being used!its all nice and good to have new stuff but only if it is being used!its like having a bugati veron in a school zone!ya good for doyoulookgood.com but not used at all!
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    drbaltazar , December 5, 2012 12:18 PM
    xp still said no to this os !so we can expect this os to grab about 12 to 14 % market share.so xp isnt going anywhere ,it will pretty much still be number 2 on the planet in 4 years!
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    rantoc , December 5, 2012 12:18 PM
    Corps wont usually touch the OS until its at sp1 as for the consumers its not har dto predict this would happen as MS didnt listen to all the complaints about the default ui...
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    drbaltazar , December 5, 2012 12:18 PM
    double post lag erase this and my previous post(sorry lag issue)
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    tripledouce , December 5, 2012 12:22 PM
    The cancer that is windows 8 is spreading! please somebody kill it.
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    SteelCity1981 , December 5, 2012 12:26 PM
    I doubt any OS will have as long as reign as Windows XP did staying ontop for as long. I mean it's 11 years old and it just recently dropped out of first place in pc market share. I guess by Oct 2020 we will see if Windows 7 has a reign as long as Windows XP does but with mounting competition from companies like google and it's Chrome OS it's going to be a lot harder for Windows 7 have the same large market share Windows XP had in that amount of time span. As for Windows 8 I don't see it coming close to Windows 7 in market share in the next 3 to 4 years. Windows 7 is the goldilocks of OSes right now andunless MS comes out with a great OS after Windows 8 then i don't see that changing anytime soon.
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    EzioAs , December 5, 2012 12:32 PM
    "Windows 8 Passes 1%"

    oh...wow...
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    Marco925 , December 5, 2012 12:33 PM
    I am only imagining a counter for windows 8, Working hard to push it to consumers only for it to bleep once.
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    tomfreak , December 5, 2012 12:48 PM
    may be Microsoft should have keep windows 8 @ $15 selling price instead of upgrade.
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    amdwilliam1985 , December 5, 2012 1:11 PM
    I like windows 7, it is the best windows ever, period. Switched all my XP machines to 7 in 2010 and never look at. The driver support, the usability, the snappiness and being extremely stable(still gets blue screen of death once in a blue moon, gives myself a pat on the back for forcing out the blue screen :) 

    One of my machine got windows 8 and I like it too.
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    Jerky_san , December 5, 2012 1:20 PM
    I love windows 7 as well.. Very hard to beat it.. Nice and stable.. gives good usability to. I never really used the aero features but still nice..
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    hate machine , December 5, 2012 1:27 PM
    I work in a Fortune 100 company in IT. We are in the process of rolling Windows 7 to all of our computers. In March of 2013 we will have an image of Windows 8 Enterprise available and will begin testing to roll that out.

    Companies are hitting Windows 8 faster than the transition from XP to 7. IF you were in the process of transitioning to 7 or already on 7 there is little compatibility to iron out as 8 is just an optimized 7 with a launcher. Everything works.
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    nao1120 , December 5, 2012 1:38 PM
    This just in, Over time older OS' get phased out. Well.... Yeah. Still will be a standard for business. Explain to them why they would need to upgrade 2000 workstations when the old one works just fine and you compare 200 dollars systems to 700. I know i know...Eventually they will all be windows 7, but whatever. Common sense.
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    cats_Paw , December 5, 2012 1:49 PM
    ive been using win7 since i got it on my laptop buy and i have to say i really like it. No need for a windows 8, especially since the only reason i used to upgrade my windows (game compatibility with DirectX) is now quite severly slowed down by how profitable are console titles.
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    soundping , December 5, 2012 1:50 PM
    Windows Eat :p 
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    Pherule , December 5, 2012 2:13 PM
    Regarding XP...

    http://www.freeimagehosting.net/newuploads/gn349.png
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    spartanmk2 , December 5, 2012 2:38 PM
    Hmmm, $1 billion in advertising.

    40 million units sold - most still sitting on shelves

    Microsofts going to be hurting for awhile.
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    drbaltazar , December 5, 2012 2:42 PM
    xp is here to stay!number 2 till next os from ms !
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