Windows 8 Overtakes Mac OS X 10.8 To Take Fourth Spot In Most Popular OS List

By Vamien McKalin email: v.mckalin@mobilenapps.com | Jan 30, 2013 01:42 PM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

Windows 8 is not off to a good start, but it is slowly climbing the ladder. In the thick of things, Windows 8 managed to overtake Mac OS X 10.8, making it the fourth most popular operating system behind Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.

Follow us

The information was provided by Net Applications. It all suggest that Microsoft's new operating system is increasing its market share on a daily basis, which is good news. At this rate, Windows 8 will not overtake the other three Windows operating systems anytime soon unless consumers find a reason to give Windows 8 a shot. At the moment, devices with Windows 8 installed are uninspiring and expensive.

According to the charts, Windows 7 stands tall with 45.77 percent shares, Windows XP 38.18 percent, Windows Vista way behind on 5.01 percent, and Windows 8 with 2.45 percent. As it stands, Windows 8 is far behind and has not even managed to overtake Vista. No doubt Microsoft is not happy about this, however, the company should be pleased about Windows 8's slow and steady growth, though a faster growth would have been preferable.

Despite the slow start of Windows 8, Microsoft still managed to gain over $6 billion in profit for the final quarter of 2012. We doubt the giant from Redmond will accumulate that much if the adoption and sales of Windows 8 continues to struggle.

Microsoft's best bet is its Surface line of devices, the army of Ultrabooks, and most importantly, cheap Windows 8-based tablets.

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

Join Our Conversation

Smartphones
Samsung Galaxy S6 concept design Samsung Galaxy S6 to rock full-metal body, ‘dual-edge’ curved display?
Microsoft announces Lumia Denim update hitting Windows 8.1 devices in early 2015
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra reportedly en route with whopping specs, 13-inch display
Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 4 Edge to get Android 5.0.1 Lollipop
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Gadgets
Amazon Logo Amazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC Logo HTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google Downtime Google blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Amazon Prime Now Amazon Prime Now service rocks NYC, offers fast deliveries within the hour
Flipboard for Windows Phone finally available, but requires 1GB of RAM (VIDEO)
Vine gets major update, lets you upload previously-shot videos & more (VIDEO)
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) finally hits Windows Phone – Available as a free download now

Most Popular

Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps
Real Time Analytics