Why Windows 8’s Usage Share Is So Low, And Why It’s Really Not That Bad | Zdnet

Another problem facing Windows 8 is the timing of the upgrade cycle. Many businesses had just finished upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP many having avoided Windows Vista and as a result of this they’re looking to get the most out of their investment in the platform. Enterprise isn’t keen to spend money just to satisfy Microsoft. Tech Pro Research IT Pro’s Survival Guide To Windows 7 Pack all this into a ball, and it’s clear why the interest in Windows 8 has been lukewarm and best. And then, like all things, it will fade away. But then that’s what always happens to every operating system. Even Windows XP had to die, and people thought that operating system was immortal. And what does Microsoft care in the long run which version of Windows you’re using, because you’re still using Windows, and at some point down the line you’ll have to hand over your Benjamins to a PC OEM to get a new PC. With a user base of 1.5 billion, Microsoft has little to worry about. Now with that out of the way let’s take a look at the numbers. 12.5 percent doesn’t sound like much, but given that there are some 1.5 billion PCs out there, that small percentage translates into massive numbers something in the region of 185 million systems running Windows 8. Not bad. And what about that comparison to OS X Mavericks? At the WWDC 2014 keynote Apple CEO Tim Cook said that 40 million copies of the new version of OS X had been installed.
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