Windows 8 adoption rate can't match Windows 7 - yet
1st May 2013 | 20:06
W8 has a long way to go
Analytics consulting firm Net Applications reported this week that Windows 8 users accounted for 3.8 percent of all PC web traffic tracked in April.
That's reportedly up from 3.2 percent in March. It's a minuscule gain, but a gain nonetheless.
And at this point in the saga of Windows 8, which IDC recently pointed the finger at for dragging down the PC market, Microsoft is probably glad for any small victory it can achieve.
Slow and steady, still in the race
Net Applications factors desktop, laptop and touchscreen PCs into its figures, and April's 3.8 percent of Windows 8 PCs included .02 percent Windows 8 touchscreen PCs.
Windows RT PCs, on the other hand, apparently failed to register altogether.
According to Net Applications, Windows 8 use accounted for 1.09 percent of web traffic in November 2012, and that figure has risen slowly but steadily since then.
Compared to Windows 7, though, the latest Microsoft OS has a lot of catching up to do still.
It's only natural that many users will stick with their current OS rather than upgrading, but Windows 8 has simply not seen the same adoption rate that its predecessor Windows 7 did, according to Net Applications' data.
Windows 7 debuted in October 2009, and by April of the next year it was accounting for 12 percent of PC web traffic.
In the same amount of time (W8 debuted in October as well) Windows 8 uptake has been considerably less enthusiastic.
That's not the tune that Microsoft was singing in February, when it said that Windows 8 adoption was on par with Windows 7, so either uptake has slowed down since then or someone's fudging their numbers.
Either way, some of the differences may be attributed to the general dislike of Windows 7's predecessor, Windows Vista, which many users were eager to get away from.
Perhaps the substantial upcoming Windows 8.1 Blue update will help to turn the tides in Windows 8's favor.
Net Applications also noted that Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8 together accounted for 6.4 percent of PC web traffic in April 2013, with Windows XP and Windows 7 taking up the lion's share with 38.3 and 44.7 percent, respectively.