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One month after its release, Windows 8 desktop share approaches 2%

Published Jan 2nd, 2013 9:00PM EST
Windows 8 Adoption

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Congratulations, Microsoft (MSFT): your latest operating system is starting to make its mark. According to new data from NetMarketShare, 1.72% of all desktop computers in December 2012 used Windows 8, up from less than 1% in November. Of course we won’t have a real measure of Windows 8’s adoption rate until we see the January numbers since by that time many people will have started using the shiny new Windows 8 laptops they got for Christmas. Overall NetMarketShare found that Windows 7 was still the most widely used operating system in the world, accounting for more than 45% of all desktops used in December, while Windows XP finished a close second with 39%. All versions of Apple’s (AAPL) OS X accounted for 7.1% of all desktops in December, a slight decrease from the 7.3% share that OS X posted in November.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.