Market share for Windows 8 drops for the first time

Windows 8 total market share

Everyone from analysts to alleged industry experts have been talking about Windows 8 these days but what does the public think about it?

Exactly one month ago, I showed you how Windows 8 was gaining market share.  Microsoft had reason to be sanguine as it enjoyed a stellar month of growth which showed no signs of slowing down.

Conversely, the folks at Netmarketshare recently published the latest numbers for desktop OS market share and the results are interesting.

On October 1st, Windows 8 held its ground and elbowed the competition with an 8.02% slice of the desktop pie. Today, that numbers slid by half a percent to 7.53%.

This delta might seem trivial but this is the first reversal in market share momentum for Windows 8.  The good news is that Window 8.1 is enjoying a nascent push with 1.72% of the market and this is a big deal considering it was just released less than two weeks ago in mid-October.

I think Windows 8 shares will continue to decline as Windows 8.1 stays in the spotlight and vendors encourage consumers to grab the free update.

Let’s see how sales pan out as we head into the holidays.

Which do you prefer, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1?  Do you think Windows 8 is on its way out?

Let me know in the comments.

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