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Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share 249

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An anonymous reader writes "With the release of Windows 8.1 to the world in October, January was the third full month of availability for Microsoft's latest operating system version, which was just enough time for it to pass Windows Vista in market share. While Windows 8.1 is certainly growing steadily and eating into Windows 8s share, the duo only managed to end 2013 with 10 percent market share, barely impacting Windows 7."
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Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share

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  • LOL (Score:4, Interesting)

    by rossdee (243626) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @06:10PM (#46136025)

    Wake me when it passes XP

    • Re:LOL (Score:5, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02, 2014 @06:15PM (#46136049)

      Wake me when it passes XP

      Well, that was the most funny bit in the article: XP is on the rise.

      Windows XP meanwhile managed to regain some share after falling below the 30 percent mark at the end of 2013, increasing 0.25 percentage points (from 28.98 percent to 29.23 percent).

      • Re:LOL (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Mashiki (184564) <mashiki@gmail. c o m> on Sunday February 02, 2014 @06:42PM (#46136193) Homepage

        Chances are this will be from the folks who have no migration path from the software they're using, and they're unwilling to drop it because it "does what it needs to do." We're in a rather interesting era for software, for businesses XP does just fine. The software works, and does it well. So unless your machines have internet access, you're probably going to hold off as long as you can.

        On the consumer side, we don't have any big software pushing development. For gaming it's the same deal. And now with Microsoft not sure what it's doing with DirectX, other API's are looking more attractive to developers. OGL and Mantle chiefly, so could this be the beginning of the end of MS desktop dominance? Very possibly. If say Mantle catches on, it could be the deathknell for it. Since it works on AMD and Nvidia cards, it works on any OS since it's handled by the drivers.

        • We're in a rather interesting era for software

          That's a first.

        • Nope. At the very least it will not be the death spell of MS in the office desktop market. What's true for IBM for ages is true for MS today: Nobody ever got fired for buying MS.

      • Re:LOL (Score:5, Funny)

        by someone1234 (830754) on Monday February 03, 2014 @03:14AM (#46138593)

        2014: the year of XP on the PC.

    • by Luckyo (1726890)

      What, you want to be the sleeping beauty that will never meet her prince?

  • by jones_supa (887896) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @06:15PM (#46136047)
    In all fairness I would bunch 8.0 and 8.1 together. Together they sum up to 10.58%.
    • by Kjella (173770) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @06:41PM (#46136187) Homepage

      While Windows 8.1 is certainly growing steadily and eating into Windows 8s share, the duo only managed to end 2013 with 10 percent market share

      I think they did, "the duo" here seems to refer to 8 and 8.1 while the preceding sentence talked about Vista and 8.1. You could just as easily read it as Vista and 8.1 is "the duo" eating into the market share of 8 though, except it doesn't make any logical sense. Very confusingly written.

    • by guacamole (24270) on Monday February 03, 2014 @12:24AM (#46137899)

      So at this rate, Windows 8 and its derivatives will have less than 20% market share even after two full years since the release of Windows 8. That's a terrible statistic for Microsoft. Granted, another issue is that people who just use web browser and office productivity apps really don't have any reasons to upgrade if they already have an Intel Core 2 based system or better.

      • Granted, another issue is that people who just use web browser and office productivity apps really don't have any reasons to upgrade _period_.

        Knowing what I know now, I would have purchased a Windows 7 license for the laptop I bought last year that came with Windows 8.

        • by guacamole (24270)

          Well, my observation is that older Pentium 4 systems are kind of slow, even for simple web browsing. The issue is not with the CPU, but that a lot of PCs from that era come with little memory, like 250-500MB. I have seen a few friends neighbors upgrade because of that. But PCs from the time when Core 2 was around normally came with more memory, enough for office productivity or web browser.

        • I'm pretty sure it's still available. Or were you given the choice for which you wanted on the laptop? In any case, there's another option...

          Step 1: Buy ~$100 refurbished desktop with Windows 7. If it comes with installation media, install on your laptop and skip to Step 5.
          Step 2: On the cheap desktop: sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown
          Step 3: On a linux system or with a LiveCD: dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb (or whatever).
          Step 4: If you get an error: Shift F10
          cd..
          cd c:\windows\system32\oobe
          msoobe
          (which
      • Granted, another issue is that people who just use web browser and office productivity apps really don't have any reasons to upgrade if they already have an Intel Core 2 based system or better.

        And people who use anything else don't have any reason to "upgrade" to Win8.

  • by gaelfx (1111115) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @06:37PM (#46136163)

    The only percentage regarding Windows that I care about is what percentage of a reasonably priced SSD it will take up. Now, I realize that metric is subjective ("reasonable" being relative), but honestly, that's the worst part of the Windows tax: on a 240GB SSD, the footprint is something like 10%. Am I the only one who feels that's absurd?

    • by rts008 (812749)

      Am I the only one who feels that's absurd?

      No, I share that 'absurd' feeling about the amount of disc space that Windows wants for an install.

      In my case with Win 7, it wanted 40GB free space for the install. That's crazy!

      I can install most(if not all) modern GNU/Linux distro's on one of my spare 4GB USB thumbrives, and have a lot of space left.

    • by PNutts (199112)

      No considering the drivers and everything else built in. I'd only see that being an issue if you were full up and needed some of that 24GB back. Windows 8.1 system requirements is 16 GB. Did you upgrade and not run a cleanup to delete the previous Windows installation?

  • by js3 (319268) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @06:59PM (#46136277)

    Aren't windows 8 and 8.1 the same thing?

    • by SeaFox (739806) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @07:09PM (#46136329)

      Honestly, if you ignore the Metro interface, Windows 7 and 8 are the same thing. Except 8 performs better. Get rid of the tablet interface and everyone would want to move to 8.

      • by 0123456 (636235)

        Honestly, if you ignore the Metro interface, Windows 7 and 8 are the same thing.

        If you ignore the Metro interface, and the desktop, and the apps, Windows 7 and 8 are the same thing.

        I've seen a ton of people complaining about the new Office interface, for example, because it's apparently all been 'flattened' to look as crap as Windows 8 does.

        • by SeaFox (739806)

          If you ignore the Metro interface, and the desktop, and the apps, Windows 7 and 8 are the same thing.

          The apps only run on the Metro side, so I consider the "apps" and Metro one and the same. Easily ignorable. There are no "killer apps" that are only available through Microsoft's stupid store (except the 8.1 updater, which doesn't require a Microsoft Store account to download).

          The Desktop is pretty close except the lack of a Start menu. Add Classic Shell and it's back to business as usual if you don't want to just pin all your programs to the Taskbar like I do. I have Classic Shell installed but don't reall

        • What I can't get over is how Office 2013 was released with the ribbon tab names in all CAPS. It looks like crap.
      • by unixisc (2429386)
        If Windows 8 had the Aero interface of 7, then 8 would be better than 7, due to its kernel, which is even closer to microkernel than ever was.
    • by roc97007 (608802)

      Aren't windows 8 and 8.1 the same thing?

      Right. Windows 8 is for people who haven't yet figured out the cabalistic hand gestures necessary to invoke Windows Marketplace and do the free upgrade. It's really the same OS.

    • Windows 8.1 features an update that allows bypassing the metro screen (the bit everyone complains about). In simple terms, It's the "fixed" version of Windows 8.

  • by Dega704 (1454673) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @07:21PM (#46136385)
    Windows 8 SP1 passes Windows Vista in market share.
  • by Ignacio (1465) on Sunday February 02, 2014 @07:22PM (#46136389)
    Kicks in the ass are more popular than punches in the face.
  • Why is Windows like Star Trek people only seem to like alternate versions?
  • I do not like 8.1. Probably they are trying to innovate but the result is a confusing jerky interface.

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