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Windows 8's uptake climbs but still trails Vista's

Gregg Keizer | Sept. 3, 2014
Windows 8's uptake came unstuck last month and shoved into a forward gear for the first time since May, but the OS trailed Windows Vista's tempo of six years ago, according to data published Monday.

Computerworld now projects that Windows XP will still be running between 21% and 22% of the world's personal computers at the end of 2014.

It's improbable that the losses of XP directly translated into gains by Windows 8, even though the two numbers were nearly identical. Instead, it's much more likely that some users migrated from XP to Windows 7, while a different group, albeit a similar number, upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1.

Another analytics company, Ireland's StatCounter, had different numbers for Windows. StatCounter's figures are typically different than those from Net Applications because the former tallies usage share by counting page views to show how active users of each OS are on the Web.

StatCounter pegged July's Windows 8 and 8.1 usage share at 15.7%, Windows 7's at 55.7% and XP's at 14.3%.


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