Windows 8 fortsätter att misslyckas

The real take-away from Net applications may 2013 version of NetMarketShare monthly operating system statistics is that PC sales continue to plummet, Microsoft's Windows 8 may be a factor behind the plunge.

Win8VsVistaWindows 8 is falling further behind Vista at similar points in their life cycle. Number at the bottom reflecting PC market share. (Data from NetMarketShare)

While Microsoft apologists focuses on Windows continues to be the dominant operating system, they keep missing the two elephants in the room: Windows 8 continues to fall behind Microsoft's former top operating system error, Vista, and Windows is no longer the dominant operating system when the end user be considered computers, smartphones and tablets.

True, on the desktop, Windows 7 still ranks as top operating system with 44.85-percent of all PC users, followed by the still popular Windows XP with 37.74 percent. Vista — Yes it never loved Vista – comes in at third with 4.51 percent. Despite that finding, and buying Windows 7 computers have become ever more expensive and difficult, just try to find one in a store, Windows 8 share is growing but still comes in last at 4.27 percent.

Worse still, Windows 8 month of growth lagging further and further behind Vista's terrible 2007 adoption numbers. When you compare operating system when they first launched, dragged Windows 8 adoption rate in its first month Vista at just over half-a-percent among PC buyers. Now, in her 8th month out, Vista market share numbers now lead Windows 8 with 3.64 percent. Of course, both lags far behind XP and Windows 7 numbers at similar points in their product life cycle.

I suspect it will only get worse for Windows 5.0 (blue). Windows 8, promises to fix some of the users ' concerns about Windows 8. But resolve enough of them?

For example, if all of the reborn start button does is give you a different way in the interface Metro unpopular, will Windows XP and Windows 7 users really care? No matter how good Windows 5.0 turns out to be, it seems likely that the companies will wait to buy any version of Windows 8 until blue in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Some would argue that because NetMarketShare changes how they measure browser and operating system market share from time to time based on changes in the Central Intelligence (CIA) Population data that you don't just compare NetMarketShare data from year to year, particularly as early as 2007.

You could argue, as NetMarketShare rival StatCounter, that "weighting statistics means that statistics are only as good as the weighing method. If the weighting information is incorrect or out of date, then make data totally incorrect. " Furthermore, StatCounter finds Netmarketshare's CIA-based data massasging be "vague and incoherent."

So why use NetMarketShare data at all? Because, for better or worse, it is the most common measure of operating system and browser share. Thus, to the best available information, I'm trying to compare, if not identical apple to apple varieties as Red Delicious apples Granny Smith. While you can't expect to be completely accurate, the figures show significant trends.

In larger retail market, as Mary Meeker, the well-regarded analyst and venture capitalist, pointed out in her 2013 Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers ' 2013 & Internet trends report, Windows is in decline regardless of how to measure it. Apple iOS and Android now has the lion's share of computing devices, including computers, smartphones and tablets, with a 65% share of Windows 35%. Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu Linux founder, was on to something when he declared that the Ubuntu Linux first error, that "Microsoft has a majority market" was now closed.

MobileOS06022013Modern versions of Windows is non-player on tablets and smartphones. (Credit: NetMarketShare)

Netmarketshares mobile operating system statistics showing Apple iOS keeps the lead with a strong 59.49 percent, followed by Android with 24.4 percent. Java ME, take with 10.2 percent and Symbian with 2.06-percent, which is not even smartphone operating system up the back.  During these we find the once mighty BlackBerry OS, with just 2.06 percent, and combined all versions of Windows Phone with a 1.21-percent.

Microsoft's mobile operating system share is actually worse than it seems. None of its latest smartphone/Tablet OS, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 or RT. break even mark 0.01% on Netmarketshares mobile/tablet operating system market share chart. How bad it is? Android 1.6, with 0.01 percent, make the chart.

Some would argue that comparing mobile and desktop operating systems are like comparing apples and oranges. A more apt comparison is horses and cars. Both give you transport. Experts say computers and their operating systems are on the way out. Microsoft, a maker of buggy-whip might disagree with this analogy.

Windows will no longer matter? Of course not. Some users always need computers and most of them will stick with Windows. The question for Microsoft today is "will someone want to Windows 8?"

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