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Windows 8.1 gains traction among desktop OS users

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    Windows 8.1 gains traction among desktop OS users


    Windows 8.1 has snagged a healthy number of users since its official debut on October 17.

    The latest version of Windows captured 1.72 percent of all desktop OS traffic recorded by Web tracker Net Applications in October. That number was up from the 0.87 percent seen in September and the 0.24 percent in August.
    Windows 8.1 surfaced as a preview edition in June before taking its official bow last month. Since the upgrade is free to Windows 8 users, a healthy chunk of the increased traffic likely comes from people who have run that upgrade.
    Windows 8 did also saw its share of desktop OS traffic drop to 7.53 percent in October from 8 percent in September, its first decline since hitting Net Applications' charts.
    Windows 8.1 gains traction among desktop OS users | Microsoft - CNET News

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    Windows 8.1 surges in usage as XP continues to drop

    If you want people to adopt your platform, make it free.

    That's the lesson in this month's web usage statistics from NetMarketShare, which measure worldwide usage share of desktop and mobile operating systems and browsers.
    In October, both Microsoft and Apple released free updates to their flagship desktop and notebook operating systems. And despite the fact that the updates arrived late in the month, their impact was substantial.
    Microsoft's Windows 8.1 clocked usage of 1.72 percent, doubling its share from the previous month. That gives the Windows 8.x family a total usage share of 9.25 percent after one full year on the market. (Historically speaking, it appears that Windows 8 is following the same adoption patterns as Windows XP, whose share of the installed base was also just under 10 percent after its first year on the market.)
    Windows usage, Dec 2012 - Oct 2013 (source:NetMarketShare) Usage of Windows XP, which celebrated its 12th birthday in October, continues to drop precipitously in NetMarketShare's measurements as it heads toward its end-of-support date less than six months from now. For October, XP usage dropped to 31.24 percent, a new low. Windows 7 usage is virtually unchanged from the previous month, with just under half of all PCs running that flavor of Windows.
    Windows 8.1 surges in usage as XP continues to drop | ZDNet
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    That Ed Bott headline is totally dubious.

    Looking at the NetMaketShare chart, W8.1 gained share from:

    • W8 (-0.49%)
    • OS X (-0.38%)
    • Vista (-0.35%)
    • XP (-0.18%)


    All other operating systems lost more share than XP (excluding W7, which increased minutely).
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    Windows 8.1 surges in usage as XP continues to drop

    Windows 8.1 surges in usage as XP continues to drop | ZDNet
    That's some interesting viewpoint, thanks for the link labeeman; my favored quote is:

    I keep reading that businesses are going to snub Windows 8. News flash: Businesses snub every new Windows version. It was true three years ego, and eight years ago, and 11 years ago.

    Consider the dismal results as Windows XP celebrated its one-year anniversary:
    The article goes on with the results, reviews, etc., that were the same for XP as they are now. Pretty much word by word...
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