Windows 8 Market Share Hits 10%


windows-8-logoI’ve been reading on a well known tech blog how Windows 8 has been responsible for a sharp decline in PC sales, pointing the blame squarely at the new operating system’s slow adoption rate. These people obviously have very little grasp of the intricacies of the market place and overall influencing factors.

While one cannot deny that the statistics clearly show a decline in PC sales, to suggest that Windows 8 is the primary contributor is utter nonsense.

*Firstly; there are many contributing factors, not the least of which is the mobile device revolution which has snowballed to staggering proportions over the past 12 months or so. Logic dictates that a massive increase in one area of the market place must be reflected by an exponential decrease in another area (or areas).

*Secondly; adoption rates almost invariably reflect the popularity of the previous operating system and, to a certain extent, advancements in PC hardware. When users are happy with their existing operating system and see no benefit from upgrading hardware, it naturally follows they will be reluctant to change.

It really gets up my nose when tech blogs try to pander to a vocal minority, and especially when they obviously have very little, or no idea, what they are talking about.

Anyway, with the news that Windows 8 market share has finally hit the magic 10% mark, I though it might be timely to take a look at how operating system market share figures ended up overall for 2013.


According to the well respected NetMarketShare, the following are the standings as at 31st December, 2013:

Credit: NetMarketShare

Credit: NetMarketShare

As you can see, Windows 7 still dominates while Windows 8 plus 8.1 combined has reached 10.49%. What’s more interesting (or revealing) are the ‘trend’ statistics for 2013:

Credit: NetMarketShare

Credit: NetMarketShare

Note XP’s rapidly declining market share. This is only to be expected of course, and with XP’s end-of-support date drawing ever nearer, I suspect we’ll see an even greater rate of acceleration over the coming months. It’s interesting to see that Windows 7 gradually increased its market share through 2013, particularly over the closing months… again obviously attributable to migrating XP users.

So, the new year will see the inevitable decline of the venerable and most popular XP operating system, an end of an era.

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection ~ Khalil Gibran


Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward ~ Victor Kiam

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Finally, if you’d like to read something really positive about change and the effect it has on people I highly recommend you read the following article by Leo Notenboom: Embracing the Most Important Attitude. It is a very interesting read, and I entirely agree with Leo’s sentiments.

About the Author

Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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