Windows 8 Sales Lagging Vista’s Launch Numbers

Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer has crunched the numbers for Windows 8 sales and the news is disappointing. Windows 8 is running behind Windows Vista at the same point in that OS’s release according to numbers from Net Applications.

Using measures of OS usage from 40,000 customer sites, Net Application’s numbers show that Windows 8’s online usage share through Dec. 22 was just 1.6% of all Windows PCs, up from 1.2% of November. Windows 8 of course, was launched on October 26, 2012.

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Windows Vista as you remember, was Microsoft’s flop, never managing to fully replace Windows XP in the upgrade cycle and never fully accepted by in the enterprise.

Two months after its own launch, Windows Vista accounted for 2.2% of all Windows systems, double its prior month.

Of course, that means that Windows 8 is way behind the trajectory of the more successful Windows 7 and Windows XP.

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Two months after it became available, Windows 7 accounted for 6.2% of all Windows machines, or nearly four times that of Windows 8 as of Dec. 22.

This ties in with other reports of slow sales, so in 2013, Microsoft starts from way behind where they ought to be.

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