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Windows 8 surpasses Vista's uptake rate -- 10 months after launch

Gregg Keizer | Sept. 2, 2013
New OS gains 2.5 points in August, second-largest one-month jump by a Microsoft operating system

Windows 8 faces a much different environment than did either Vista or Windows 7, as those predecessors were released as PC shipments were on the rise, not in a historic slump. Nor did they have to contend with tablets as rivals for consumer and corporate attention and spending.

Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 on Oct. 17 to current Windows 8 customers, then follow with a retail debut — and with systems running the update — on Oct. 18. Windows 8.1 is essentially a redo meant to answer customer complaints about the radical changes in Windows 8, which split workspaces between two wildly-different user interfaces.

Windows user share chart
Windows 8's user share of 8.4% was ahead of Vista's but far behind Windows 7's at the same point in their post-release adoption cycles. (Data: Net Applications.)

 

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