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  • Microsoft's Windows 8 Still Trails All Mac OS X Installs


    After a relatively strong month, Microsoft’s Windows 8 has finally surpassed Windows Vista in web usage, though slow uptake of the new operating system means that it still lags behind the total install base of Apple’s OS X. As of right now, Windows 8 gained 0.83 points of share over the month of June based on the most recent figures from NetMarketShare. This was enough to boost Microsoft’s latest OS to a 5.1% of the worldwide PC market, moving it ahead of Windows Vista, which fell 0.48% over the same period to a 4.62% share.

    Microsoft’s Windows 7, which surpassed Windows XP’s install base in 2011, also dropped 0.48% in June, ending the month with a 44.37% share. Even 12 years after its original release, 37.17% of computers are still running Windows XP today. At just over 5% of the market, Windows 8 has a greater share than any individual version of Mac OS X. The whole OS X install base though beats Microsoft’s new and seemingly struggling operating system by roughly 2%, 7.2% to 5.1%. Total web usage of Apple’s OS X passed that of Windows Vista in September of last year.

    The latest version of Microsoft’s operating system was an attempt the company made to reverse a trend that has seen consumers opting for smartphones and tablets instead of traditional PC form factors. Windows 8 was also meant to give Microsoft and its manufacturing partners a way to compete in the mobile device segment which is dominated by Apple on the tablet end. As an attempt to accomplish this goal, Microsoft ended up sinking hundreds of millions of dollars into the marketing for the launch of Windows 8, showing off the touch-centric interface along with a range of new hardware which combines both mobiles devices and traditional computers. The company boasted about strong pre-sales ahead of the launch of Windows 8 but the company didn’t end up being as successful as they thought they would be.

    In an effort to keep up with competition, Microsoft is trying to breathe new life into its struggling operating system. In what appears to be a considerable reversal in decision-making, Microsoft recently showed off Windows 8.1, an update to the OS that brings back some features that many users were requesting. The new version will provide users the option to bypass Microsoft’s “modern UI” entirely, booting directly to the desktop that many users grew used to. We’ll have to see if the changes attract OS X users or if the popularity of Apple’s OS X will continue to grow over time.

    Source: NetMarketShare via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft's Windows 8 Still Trails All Mac OS X Installs started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by AKCHRIS View Post
      What can you say? Windows 8 sucks, 7 was bloated & Vista was XP on roid rage. Windows has been windows since XP IMP, which I STILL think is their best OS EVER.
      I'd say Vista was bloated and buggy and 7 was what Vista was supposed to be.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      Don't get me Wrong Windows isn't a POS OS it's just they add too much Crude when you don't really need alot of it. But hten Price wise, Mac OS is like $20 verses $100+ starting. Sure Windows has TON'S on Computers in Various Price Ranges, but as for me it's about Quality not Quantity, & Apple has Quality Workmen's Ship.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Pssshh, IBM Compatible (DOS), FTW!!! ;-). Floppy Disk, baby!
      5 1/4" floppy disks.

      Quote Originally Posted by AKCHRIS View Post
      Don't get me Wrong Windows isn't a POS OS it's just they add too much Crude when you don't really need alot of it. But hten Price wise, Mac OS is like $20 verses $100+ starting. Sure Windows has TON'S on Computers in Various Price Ranges, but as for me it's about Quality not Quantity, & Apple has Quality Workmen's Ship.
      $20 for Mac OS + $1,200 for the laptop.

      $200 for Windows OS + $800 for the laptop.

      $1,220 Mac vs $1,000 PC.
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      5 1/4" floppy disks.
      How about 8" floppy disks!

      Quote Originally Posted by AKCHRIS View Post
      Don't get me Wrong Windows isn't a POS OS it's just they add too much Crude when you don't really need alot of it. But hten Price wise, Mac OS is like $20 verses $100+ starting. Sure Windows has TON'S on Computers in Various Price Ranges, but as for me it's about Quality not Quantity, & Apple has Quality Workmen's Ship.
      When it comes to servers and networking, Windows is the way to go. I have worked with OSX servers and we had multiple hardware failures per server. Even the Apple engineer who came out to solve our problems said that OS X is not as polished as Windows.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Perceptum View Post
      How about 8" floppy disks!



      When it comes to servers and networking, Windows is the way to go. I have worked with OSX servers and we had multiple hardware failures per server. Even the Apple engineer who came out to solve our problems said that OS X is not as polished as Windows.
      I could see that. Mac is for simplicity. PC is for business. Each have their advantages and disadvantages
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      I actually really like windows 8's core OS but not a big fan of the stupid UI changes. Windows 8 performs great and I stay in the desktop 99.99999 percent of the time, just keeping everythign pinned to the start menu work for me. It's basically like leaving all the programs you used on your OSX Dock.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I haven't used Win 8 since its official release. I used a Beta on the Samsung Slate about 1.5yrs ago and it was decent. I can't remember, though, if it uses the same Tab view like Win 7. If so, then that sux cuz I disliked that Windows went w/ that instead if showing me, easily, what was open.
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by Norb View Post
      I actually really like windows 8's core OS but not a big fan of the stupid UI changes. Windows 8 performs great and I stay in the desktop 99.99999 percent of the time, just keeping everythign pinned to the start menu work for me. It's basically like leaving all the programs you used on your OSX Dock.
      I would say a vast majority of people feel the same way.