Up against a contracting PC market and cheaper, more popular tablet alternatives, Windows 8 is gaining no market share ground.
Eye on Microsoft
By Shane O'Neill, CIO
This may not come as a surprise, but in terms of market share Windows 8 is not faring well.
Although Windows 8’s overall PC market share of 2.67 percent is higher than January’s share of 2.26 percent, the amount of percentage growth from month to month has decreased. February’s PC market share gain of 3 percent was smaller than January’s gain, which was smaller than December’s gain.
Four months after its launch, Windows 8 barely beats Apple’s Mac OS X 10.8 operating system, called Mountain Lion, which had 2.6 percent usage market share in February. By comparison, its predecessor, Windows 7, had 9.1 percent global market share four months after its release. (Investors.com)
The latest figures from Net Applications shows that Windows 8’s market share stands at just 2.67 percent, five months after it was first released. That’s nearly half of Windows Vista’s current share. (ZDNet)
Despite intense industry efforts to overcome market inertia, 2012 ended on a sour note with global PC shipments shrinking 3.7 percent on the year. With limited initial traction from Windows 8 in the holiday season, and continued pressure from tablets, IDC now expects PC shipments to decline by 1.3 percent in 2013. (IDC Press Release)