Over 100 days have passed since Microsoft released it’s new Windows 8 to mainly-lukewarm reaction.
Three months later, sales worldwide still haven’t got the boost that the company must’ve been hoping for.
A recent report by Net Applications shows that the market share of Windows 8 stands at 2.26% worldwide compared to 44.48% of Windows 7, 39.51% of Windows XP and 2.44 percent of Mac OS X 10.8.
The market share is up from 1.72% which it had in December. Compared to Windows 7, which got 10% market share after six months, the sales are still lesser.
However, it must be noted that the 2.26% figure amounts to several million PCs so it’s not that bad when it comes to numbers.
Microsoft has revealed that it has sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses so far.
What went wrong?
Although Microsoft seems happy with these figures, they must be a bit worried on how the sales are turning out to be. The figures are apparently low due to the lack of low-end Windows 8 systems available right now. Also, a lot of people don’t seem to like Metro especially when used with a keyboard and mouse, which does feel a bit awkward.
Another reason for the lackluster outcome might’ve been the fact that Windows 7 is still going pretty well after all and it runs smoothly on low to mid-end and more affordable machines.
Its not that Windows 8 costs an arm-and-a-leg right now but still Windows 7 is just fine for average users and still works well like any normal system with a keyboard and mouse. Did I mention the lack of a traditional Start Menu in Windows 8?
Windows 7 goes down, XP upwards
As expected, Windows 8 seems to have eroded the Windows 7 market share. It now stands at 44.48% compared to the 45.11% it had in December last year. Windows XP, however has shown an upward trend as it saw its market share increase a bit. Vista saw its share drop to a measly 5.24%. That wasn’t unexpected.
What this means is that although they’ve sold 60 million of Windows 8s so far, Microsoft still has got a longer way to go especially when it comes to convincing old customers who don’t want to bid farewell to the traditional start menu and desktop environments.