Wait, so Windows 8 is not outpacing Windows 7 adoption rate?

Wait, so Windows 8 is not outpacing Windows 7 adoption rate?
While Microsoft has hailed sales of more than 40 million licenses of Windows 8 in just the first month, traffic on the internet does not reflect a similar pattern based on the 15 billion page views per month that StatCounter analyzed. As of November 28, 2012, Windows 8 had an internet usage rate of 1.44% which is a fraction of what Windows 7 had in the month following its release. Windows 7 had a 4.93% share when it was one month old in November 2009.

Now before people start waling about the failure of the new OS or lies told by some evil software corporation, there may be some mitigating factors, most notably Hurricane Sandy which definitely had a significant impact on internet usage and shopping for an extended period of time.  Another statistic that StatCounter noted was the relative increase in the adoption rate for each OS one month after release. Windows 8 had a 345% increase post-launch versus a 223% increase for Windows 7 for its relative period.

Windows 8 initial share at launch was also smaller, 0.38%, compared to 2.21% for Windows 7. The most immediate reason for that is that everyone was eager to upgrade out of disaster that was Windows Vista. The next immediate reason for the smaller share is because Windows 7, by-and-large, works great, thus the urgency to escape (like Vista) just is not there.


Another factor could be that the initial glut of licenses went to manufacturers and so we may yet see a surge in traffic as the holidays come to pass. Either way, Microsoft does not have that much to worry about. Windows holds a 90% share of the market based on the usage statistics gathered. Windows 7 has nearly 53% by itself, followed by Windows XP at 26%, Mac OS X with 8%, Vista at 6.6% and the iPad grabbing 2.91% all by itself. Linux holds on to a near constant 0.9%.

As to whether or not Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 or not, it depends on where you look, how you look, who you ask and when you ask. The initial user experience with Windows 8 is a drastic departure from previous versions. Naturally, people may be a bit cautious.

Have you taken Windows 8 for a spin? Microsoft is doing a lot to entice you to upgrade. Have you? Will you?

sources: StatCounter via BGR

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80 Comments

77. sponmagnet

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

windows 8 works great for tablets only not PCs not laptops

75. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Since Windows 8 is going to be on new computers it will sell . there are programs/ apps to get the Start button back and programs and app to help a person go directly to the desktop and skip the Modern UI AKA start screen. I have upgraded to window 8 PRO and find it OK. To me the Modrn UI AKA Metro start screen is just an additional Windows screen I can use from time to time. I do not let it bug me I use it to my advantage

72. weedl

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

first time installing win 8 become lag after installing software , try to unistall not working had to reinstall windows 8 again....

70. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I really don't understand how people are not liking Windows 8. I personally love the performance of it on my Sony VAIO laptop which shipped with Windows 7. The "Modern" UI is actually pretty cool. Another thing, it's also OPTIONAL. In all honestly, since I spend most of my time in the Desktop, Windows 8 feels like Windows 7 to me. The only difference is that the Start Screen replaces the Start Button.

67. tggoulart

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

i bought it and i like it a lot!

58. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Ok, this can go really easy, its outpacing Windows 7, thats it.

48. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

God so many idiots commenting. I'm playing battlefield 3, mass effect 2, dota, fifa 2013 and all my games perfectly on my alienware m17x running windows 8 pro. Everything from windows 7 still work and better because they use less ram. I can play four games at a time instead of three because it makes better use of my 4gb of ram. Mouse and keyboard still work. Full screen is for windows 8 apps. Use the thing before you post these damn stupid comments. Gosh. There is nothing you cannot do in windows 8 that you never did in 7. Windows 7 was made for touch screen too. Windows 8 is just an improved version of 7 that is more ram efficient. Before my sims3 deluxe pack with all the updates used to eat up 3gb of my 4gb ram. Now it hovers just above 2gb in windows 8. Dont be stupid. Again. If you still use xp your opinion is irrelevent

41. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i believe Windows 8 is beautiful and not a failure... but its just annoying on my computer!! the gesture using the mouse is stupid!!!1but since this is post-pc era, everyone will jump on tablets now! and im getting a surface pro but maybe the next version or whatever!!! coz i love the sony vaio 11 duo and dell xps 12!!! any users of these devices?

39. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

If my grandmother can use windows 8 then so can you. Those who say that it is dumb to have touch screen on desktop seem to not know that windows 7 was also built with touch in mind. Also if my 13 year old sister can master windows 8 then do not call yourself tech savvy. Plus if you still use xp then your point is irrelevent.

36. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

I use windows 8 withou a touchscreen and i dont have any inconveniences with it. its just like windows 7 in desktop mode all thats different is the start menu where you now get a live tile view. i dont have any navigating problems with it and its a lot faster than windows seven.

22. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Why is it that you are comparing a msoft pc os with another msoft pc os, if you can compare wp7-8 with ios and android why not wompare w 8 with apple whatever lion and chrome os from google. Than you would see whos the big daddy of the computer industry. I mean have 40 mil macs been sold like, ever?? And yes i got w8 and would never go back...

20. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

lol am I the only one here who upgraded an old laptop to windows 8 and ended up liking it? at least it ran better than windows 7 and I like the new start screen. I don't know bout you guys but I find working with it easier.

35. XYZ360

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

no you are the only one

37. rav405 unregistered

I also upgraded from win 7 to win8 and i too liked it....I bought a Microsoft touch mouse especiaaly for win8 and win8 works like breeze with the touch mouse.....

55. freebee269

Posts: 543; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

i upgraded from win7 to win8 also and i like it too. and i use a physical mouse and i dont have any issues with the OS or the UI.

19. breathlesstao unregistered

Hurricane Sandy? So all this rambling is US-only again? I love how the rest of the world never seems to exist... I mean, not to devalue the destruction and all, but on a global level, I'm not sure it's all that significant as to bear blame for something like this.

21. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

When major weather events or acts of nature affect major markets like New York City, the largest market in the free world behind Tokyo, it creates a significant economic ripple. The population of the northeastern seaboard of the United States accounts for about 25% of the US GDP, $4 trillion+ -or- still more economic output than any other nation in the western world. Hurricane Sandy was a major storm that closed commerce for significant periods of time with many areas still recovering. The same thing happened with batteries, auto parts and other supplies when the earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan. The wake of that event was felt for months. Hurricane Sandy will not be as long lasting. As for the market share figures cited in the article, those were quoted from the global market, not the US-only market.

32. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Uh Maxwell, the only state that got 'shut down' by Sandy was New Jersey. Further, the entire state was not shut down. Friends who live on Manhattan never lost electricity, much less access to the Internets. Yes, people on the New Jersey coast as well as parts of the New York coast were (some still are) shut down. But 25% of U.S. GDP being affected is hyperbole. There is significant property loss due to Sandy, but don't confuse beach front property value with economic output.

34. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

There were power outages as far north as New Hampshire, flooding throughout Manhattan, trading was suspended, and the utility work being done on New Jersey, NYC, and Long Island is still being undertaken - that affected actual internet traffic - a region of at least 30 million people. The "effect" was a slowdown that touched every state in the region. NYC and the surrounding metro/Tri-State area has a gross metro product of about $1.3Tr. Yes, Sandy affected the economy - property restoration, repairs, replacements are exactly that. They are not expanding economic indicators.

38. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Maxwell, notwithstanding the trauma experienced by Sandy's victims, life is moving on. Trading on the exchanges resumed after what, a 2 day halt? Power is out for how many at the present time? How many factories standing idle presently in the storm zone? The point that I am making is that Sandy can't be blamed for a fall-off in W8 activity. If Sandy was responsible, wouldn't there be a drop in all W# activity? Any fall-off in W8 activity is probably due to slow rates of conversion. Dogs don't like dog food that doesn't taste great. With Windows, there is the W7 alternative.

17. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Windows 8 Desktop is a disaster, I've used I know. There're so many extra annoying steps that are optimized for Tablets Touchscreen but a pain for us Desktop users. The removal of Start Menu is a huge blow for Windows fan. This can be fixed via custom Start Menu like Classic Shell and Stardock Start8. Navigating through the Metro UI with a mouse feels like a pain and unnecessary steps but you are forced to do. Moreover most apps go fullscreen I wonder how productivity users will managed. Windows 8 is like Windows without Windows, Microsoft is taking its OS design seriously but this time they went the wrong way. Whenever i used Windows 8 i feel sick, uncomfortable and feel like using something stranger to my machine. Windows Phone 8 is great because it works well on smartphone, however it is not the case for Windows 8. These disappointing changes are pushing me more and more towards Linux. I hope Microsoft is going to fix Windows 8 with Windows Blue upgrade or Service Pack.

54. freebee269

Posts: 543; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

when i use the desktop in win8 it does not feel any different than the desktop i used in win7. i go for hours not even seeing the metro ui. when i am in metro (only to open an app) i use the scroll button on my mouse to go left and right in the metro. how is that a pain? did it pain your finger to move the scroll wheel? speaking of the start button in win7, how is moving your mouse to the bottom left corner of your screen for the start button faster than just hitting the windows key on your keyboard for the metro ui where your apps are? it's not. if using windows 8 makes you feel sick, you got more of a problem than just using windows 8.

16. twens

Posts: 1194; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Like serioulsy,are people that dump or naive? What is has drastically changed from windows 7? Is your want your windows 7 style desktop just go to the desktop.for Christ seek W8 is not that different from W7 you guys should stop whinning.

15. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I just bought a Windows 8 laptop from Asus. It's been a few years since my PC broke. This one was a display model for $449 marked down to $391. I5 processor and very decent specs for the money. The jury's still out on W8. I have 30 days to return it. I will never spend $1200 on a confuser from Apple. Screw that. I'm starting to feel unsure if I should even have a computer at all when my phone does almost everything I really need to do.

28. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

You got a thumbs-up just for "confuser". So accurate!

65. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I second your last sentence. I actually don't think I'll ever buy a PC again.. I just wish vendors come to their senses and start making padfone-like tablet accessories. Just give me a quality full hd 10 inch touchscreen(it could be done for 200$ ) in which I can place the phone and connect the peripherals .. and I'm set for life.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I am happy with Windows 7 for my home PC - I may get a windows 8 phone next year when it is time to upgrade - not sure yet - I have no problem with the UI on windows 7 PC - windows 8 may be more appealing for an all-in-one touch screen PC, though.

9. wendygarett unregistered

As to whether or not Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 or not, it depends on where you look, how you look, who you ask and when you ask. Nice sentence to describe :)

6. Aeires unregistered

I work in an IT department on the telecom side and just yesterday I was talking about W8 with a computer tech. He said flat out he doesn't see our corporation adapting W8 until major changes are made to it, namely the UI. Live tiles aren't cut out for some applications like we use. I've said from the first time I saw Metro, it's too different of a change from W7 to W8 and it will isolate a huge user base. Regardless of how many techies here love it, the average user is going to have problems.

7. Hemlocke unregistered

Same whre I work, but our companies have probably been counted in this number of upgrades if they have enterprise licenses. That is why web traffic doesn't match the number of upgrades.

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