Windows 8 Increased Its Market Share in December

Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 8 increased its global market share during December 2012.

Desktop market share numbers released by Net Applications revealed that Windows 8 increased its share from 1.06 percent at the end of its first full month on the market back in November to 1.77 percent by the end of December.

The figure represents a month-on-month jump of almost 60 percent. However, the market share increase constitutes of Windows 8 and Windows 8 on touch screens, not Windows RT.

The latter platform, which is limited in features when compared to Windows 8, accounted for 0.01 percent of the global market share during the same period. That said, Surface RT is the most popular single device running either Windows 8 or Windows RT.

Windows 7, meanwhile, also saw its market share increase from 44.71 percent to 45.11 percent.

For the first time since the February of 2012, Apple's OS X experienced a decline in market share. The OS accounts for 7.07 percent of the market, representing a decrease from 7.3 percent during November.

Elsewhere, for first time since February 2012, overall Windows market share increased from 91.45 percent to 91.74 percent.


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  • bison88
    Yeah, well of course it increased its market share. Kind of like the pot calling the kettle black. Vista was kind of Microsoft's low point and at its peak it was 16-18% and considered a failure. We have at least a year or two before we can fully say whether or not it's a success or failure.
  • WithoutWeakness
    While it's not surprising to see Surface as the most popular Windows 8 product it IS surprising to see that it accounts for less that one one-hundreth of the Windows 8 market share. Microsoft put a lot of effort into developing it and although it's a phenomenal device it's sales are likely heavily impacted by its price. People were expecting a $299-$399 price at launch. The $500 price tag ($600+ with the TouchCover) is a huge reason the device isn't in more users' hands. Microsoft needs market share to generate revenue on these devices and lower prices would have brought that from the beginning. Price cuts now will bring in more users but there's no point in dropping prices after everyone already got their iPads and Android tablets for the holidays.

    TL;DR: Surface costs too much and Microsoft missed the boat on market share as a result.