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Microsoft still having trouble convincing users to buy Windows 8

Tim Greene | July 2, 2014
Survey says use of Windows 8, 8.1 dipped in June.

Microsoft continues to have trouble getting customers to adopt its latest operating system, with combined use of Windows 8 and 8.1 declining in June as compared to other operating systems.

According to NetMarketshare, the percentage of computers using the platforms dropped .1% in June, garnering 12.54% of use by Internet-connected computers.

That's more than Mac OSX, which scored 3.95% for the month, but still less than Windows XP (25.31%), for which Microsoft ended support two months ago.

Month-to-month, XP actually did better than Windows 8/8.1 by increasing its share .04%.

Windows 8/8.1 has been available for 20 months. When Windows 7 had been available 20 months it claimed 23.26%.

Separating out Windows 8 from Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 use rose in June from 6.35% to 6.61, but use of Windows 8 dropped from 6.29% to 5.93%. Apparently those who stopped using Windows 8 didn't upgrade to Windows 8.1.

NetMarketshare's data is gathered from the browsers of visitors to its customers' 40,000-plus Web sites worldwide.  The firm breaks down the sites as 46% commercial, 18% corporate, 10% content and 29% other, including government, search engine marketers and .org groups. Seventy six percent of its customers participate in pay-per-click programs to drive traffic to their sites, the company says.


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