Windows 7 Adoption Still Outpacing Windows 8: Report

By Akash

The latest numbers show that Windows 7 is seeing Critics have been bashing Windows 8 for a long time now. While most of them target their fire towards the impractical UI, some even go on to add that the latest OS from from Microsoft was one of the minor factors responsible for the decline of PC sales world wide in the first two quarters of 2013. However, experts believe that the real measure of success for an OS comes from its adoption rate.

Windows 7 Adoption Still Outpacing Windows 8: Report


The latest figures from NetMarketshare indicate that adoption of Windows 7, an older OS, is outpacing Windows 8. And all this despite a massive reduction in Windows XP usage over the last few months. This news could mean that the average consumer is rejecting Windows 8 for the older operating systems.

Let's look at the numbers. Over September, Window 8 saw a market share increase of 0.61 percentage points, adding to its total share of 8.02 percent. Talking about Windows 7, it saw an increase of 0.80 percent, adding to its total market share of 46.3 percent. If the numbers haven't spelled it out for you, then you take notice of how the majority of Windows users do not want to upgrade to Windows 8.

Currently, Windows XP, which came out in 2001, is one of the company's most successful Oss since Windows 95. It has 31.4 percent of overall market share. The OS is set to loose Microsoft support from April 2014, meaning that its users will have to upgrade. The big question is, where will they go?

Microsoft is hoping that with the release of Windows 8.1 (which features the return of the Start button) will bring users around to the new OS as the year ends.

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