Microsoft Still Having Trouble Convincing Users to Buy Windows 8

Survey says use of Windows 8, 8.1 dipped in June.

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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.

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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.

This story, "Microsoft Still Having Trouble Convincing Users to Buy Windows 8" was originally published by Network World.

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