Analytics consultancy Statcounter released a report last week which showed that Windows 8 has yet to eclipse the 5 percent of worldwide internet usage share that Windows 7 had at the same point in its release cycle.
Windows 8 has 1.31 percent of the global internet market share, whereas Windows 7 had 4.93 percent at this time in its release cycle.
Statcounter’s chief executive had doubts that Microsoft’s reported figures of 40 million licenses sold has translated into 40 million active users.
“Microsoft has reported license sales of 40 million for Windows 8, however this has not yet translated into significant usage figures,” said StatCounter’s CEO, Aodhan Cullen, in a statement. “This may be due to sales to manufacturers rather than to end users, so Windows 8 may well get a boost over the December holiday buying season.
Statcounter’s data is corroborated by a recent report from rival consultancy Net Applications, that pegged Windows 8’s usage at 1.19 percent.
Matching the quantitative with the qualitative, a spokesperson from boutique computer manufacturer Puget Systems blogged that his customers are “reluctant to wade into the waters of Microsoft’s newest operating system”.
“Windows 8 arrives to a PC market of mostly satisfied Windows 7 customers,” Puget Systems spokesperson Brett Nordquist blogged. “The conditions under which Windows 7 arrived differed as many Windows XP users had held off moving to Windows Vista due to lackluster reviews and various hardware compatibility issues.”
“Many users held off buying a new PC until Windows 7 became available,” he wrote.
“We haven’t witnessed the same level of excitement or demand for Windows 8, the removal of the START menu is a deal breaker for many,” said Mr. Nordquist.
“Some have taken a ‘wait for Service Pack 1’ approach while others plan to stick with Windows 7 even when purchasing a new PC.”
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