Windows 8 continues to plunge into an abyss, as it fails to impress yet again, as shown by the figures of OS usage for February. For the past 28 days or so Windows 7 was the most popular OS, with 44.55% market share, followed by Windows XP, with 38.99%.

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Then comes Vista, with 5.17%, then Windows 8 with 2.67%, a pretty lousy figure, considering the platform has been out for months now. The time of excuses is over, the two dead months of the year are done (January and February), the time when people don’t shop since they’re broke after Christmas. The battle will begin now to increase sales yet again, with a bunch of Spring holidays coming, including Easter. March was traditionally Apple’s time frame to launch a new iPad, but this year that doesn’t seem likely.

It’s a fit time to grab more market share for Android and Windows 8, but the latter can’t seem to take advantage of that. By the way, the figures above come from analytics firm Net Applications and they refer to operating system usage. Windows 8’s traffic is at 2.67% of web traffic, which is a small increase from 2.36% in January.

  • DeianStancu

    Maybe price is a decision factor. Microsoft condones very high prices, higher than Apple’s.

    Surface Pro is a very expensive product that fails to deliver.
    And apps cost two, three times (even 10 times) more than counterpart’s. If you can find them, that is 🙂

    Maybe they need to leave greed aside and start to attract people in a different way.

  • Davey

    From a strictly desktop point of view, there just isn’t a huge incentive to fork out $100 for Windows 8. It only offers problems rather than immediate enhancements. Problems that given a few weeks would vanish, but start up hassles none the less.

  • There was incentive for me to fork out the heavily discounted $39.99 for it since I was upgrading to a SSD and running Vista (flawlessly I might add) and needed to take advantage of the opportunity for an OS upgrade, but i can see how virtually everyone on Win7 would have zero need to upgrade. Also was able to nab free Windows Media Center, so was a good deal all around for me… though MS should be thanking me for even touching Win8.