Web data suggests Windows 8 adoption slower than that of Windows 7
Three weeks following its retail launch, Windows 8's usage share is trailing far behind where Windows 7 was a week after retail release. Is the faltering PC market to blame, or is interest in the new operating system weak?
Data collected during the week ending November 18 -- three weeks after the operating system's retail release -- puts Windows 8 usage at just 1.19 percent, behind not only Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, but also Mac OS X 10.8, 10.7, and 10.6, and even the underdog of operating systems, Linux.
Compared to Windows 7, the results are disappointingly slow. While Net Applications does not give us access to data going that far back, reports show that within a week of its release, Windows 7 had a market share of 2.15 percent.
Interest in Windows 7 was so strong that it managed an average of 1.91 percent for the part of October prior to its retail release.