Windows 8 Market Share
On account of the many Windows 8 problems, the latest operating system from Microsoft has so far registered only poor sales in the market compared to its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows XP. However, ever since the end of Windows XP support, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are gaining more users, albeit slowly. The recent Desktop OS market share figures confirm this trend.
XP users slowly making the transition to Windows 8
If you look at the Windows XP market share, it becomes clear from where these new Windows 8 users are coming. Microsoft’s decision not to extend the tech support service for XP seems to have improved the Windows 8 sales. However, critics are quick to point out that even Windows Vista registered such small increase in the market share a few months after its release.
In fact, if you compare the current market share figures of Windows 8 with the corresponding market share figures for Windows Vista after its release, you will realise that Windows 8 has so far failed to outperform even Windows Vista. For example, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 now have a combined market share of around 15%. If you look at the Windows Vista market for the corresponding period, you will find that Vista also had about the same market share at that time.
However, Windows Vista now has only a negligible market share of less than 3% with many of the unsatisfied Vista users making the transition to Windows 7 as soon as it was released. Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 will have the same fate with most users abandoning it as soon as Windows 10 becomes available in the market.
Upgrading To Windows 8
But, at present, the combined market share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has officially overtaken Windows XP. This is should not be seen as a rise in popularity for Windows 8. The Windows 8 problems regarding the OS UI and many other issues remain unresolved. However, for those users, who prefer Windows OS to the other OS alternatives available in the market, Windows 8 has become the only upgrade option.
Windows XP is already an outdated and unsupported OS and Windows 7′s mainstream support is set to expire soon. So, even with all its design flaws, some users are purchasing new PCs and laptops running on Windows 8.
But, the rest of them are waiting for the release of Windows 10. In other words, the small increase in the Windows 8 sales is not that significant or relevant.
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