StatCounter: Windows 8 license sales not yet translating into usage
A month following its retail launch, Windows 8's usage share is trailing behind where Windows 7 was after the same period. Is the faltering PC market to blame, or is it that Windows 8 doesn't have enough to offer?
In the U.S., the data suggests that things are even more subdued, with the new operating system only managing to claw 1.77 percent of Internet usage during the month after its launch, compared to 5.21 percent for Windows 7 following its market debut.
"Microsoft has reported license sales of 40 million for Windows 8, however this has not yet translated into significant usage figures," StatCounter chief executive Aodhan Cullen said. "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."
But it's not all bad news. While Windows 8 is lagging behind Windows 7 in actual terms, in relative terms the operating system has more than tripled its usage share over this period, while Windows 7 only doubled its usage in the corresponding period following its launch.
Usage share at launch
One month after launch
2.21 percent *
0.38 percent **
* October 22, 2009 for Windows 7 ** October 26, 2012 for Windows 8
The company also goes on to stress that Windows 8 was launched around the time of the Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast, and that this likely affected typical Internet usage at this time.
StatCounter data is based on over 15 billion page views per month (four billion from the U.S.) to the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.
StatCounter isn't the only Web metric firm to suggest that Windows 8 is slower out of the gate than Windows 7 was. Earlier this month, Net Applications released data that corroborated StatCounter's figures.