The latest marketshare figures from NetMarketShare and StatCounter reveal adoption of Microsoft's Windows 8.x operating system is still going very slow. NetMarketShare reports Windows 8.x use stands at 13.4 percent whereas StatCounter gives a figure of 15.6 percent. The large difference between the two numbers is due to the fact that both companies use a different methodology, NetMarketShare tries to count unique devices whereas StatCounter tracks overall usage.
This month’s conclusions?
Windows 7 continues to dominate on PC platforms, accounting for more than half of all PCs and Macs in use, regardless of whose numbers you choose.
Windows 8.x continues to gain share as consumer PCs (and, to a smaller extent, businesses) purchase new desktop and notebook PCs with Microsoft’s latest OS preinstalled. This month’s worldwide total is 13.4 percent (NetMarketShare) or 15.6 percent (StatCounter).
OS X continues to have a small share of the worldwide PC market, with numbers hovering at 6.1 percent (NetMarketShare) or 8.6 percent (StatCounter). If you were to run the numbers in the U.S. only, the percentages would be much higher, of course, reflecting Apple’s concentration on wealthy buyers in mature markets.
Google's Chrome OS is stalled on the StatCounter charts, with a minuscule 0.2 percent share for the past five months. Chrome OS still hasn't registered on the NetMarketShare graphs.