Skip to comments.As Windows XP wanes, Windows 8 scoops up users
Posted on 01/08/2014 12:30:34 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Windows 8/8.1 has topped 10% market share for the first time, apparently picking up a few users from among those who are finally leaving Windows XP behind.
According to Web analytics firm NetMarkeshare, users of all versions of Windows 8 amounted to 10.49% of Internet users for the month of December, up from 9.25% in December. This as users of Windows XP have dipped from 31.22% to 28.98%.
While the showing for Windows 8/8.1 is a milestone, it is also part of a gradual trend. Since last February, use of the operating system has risen 7.82 percentage points while XP has dropped 10.01. Windows 7 use has moved up 2.97 points over the same period, so it seems most of those abandoning XP have moved to Windows 7 or 8/8.1.
Over the same period, Windows Vista dipped 1.56 points.
NetMarketshares data is gathered from the browsers of visitors to its customers 40,000-plus Web sites worldwide. The firm breaks down the sites as 46% commercial, 18% corporate, 10% content and 29% other, including government, search engine marketers and .org groups. Seventy six percent participate in pay per click programs to drive traffic to their sites, the company says.
Surface Pro 2 upgrade
While its not an official hardware overhaul, customers who buy Microsoft Surface Pro 2 laptops now will get faster machines than those who bought them last month.
Thats because the Windows 8 devices are being built with a better CPU than the earlier versions, according to a report by WinBeta. The newer Surface Pro 2s have Intel i5 4300U (1.9Ghz) CPUs vs the older versions that had i5 4200U (1.6Ghz) processors.
Heres how Microsoft explained the changes to WinBeta: Microsoft routinely makes small changes to internal components over the lifetime of a product, based on numerous factors including supply chain partnerships, availability, and value for our customers. With any change to hardware or software, we work to ensure that the product experience remains excellent.
Chromebooks rule on Amazon.com
Amazon.com reports disheartening holiday sales from a Windows 8 perspective: Chromebooks are outselling the best-selling Windows 8 laptops.
According to the sites Best Sellers, two Chromebooks Acer C720 and Samsung Chromebook - are ranked No. 1 and 2 with two Windows 8 devices Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-G and Asus X200CA-HCL1104G coming in third and fourth. Price seems to be a factor. The Chromebooks sell for $199 and $179, respectively, while the Windows devices go for $448 and $298. Another blow to Windows 8: Toshibas Satellite C55-A5245 came in fifth - equipped with Windows 7.
Surface 2 BitLocker woes
Microsoft is promising a Jan. 14 solution to a Surface 2 software problem that has the device demanding the BitLocker recovery key when it boots up.
Microsoft acknowledges it shouldnt do that and is working on a fix.
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TITLE: The end of Windows XP has begun: It’s all over for Windows XP soon, and the rush to migrate appears to be on.
In 7 you can’t search like you could in XP. Does 8 allow you to search like you could with XP or do they still deny that for anti-virus reasons?
Had 8 for a year now and wish to switch to 7.
When I need a computer, if there isn’t something a hellova lot better than windows 8, I will be an Apple user.
Windows 8 is a lot like Obamacare. A useless piece of crap that they think they can BS people into liking.
The wife and I have Windows, Apple, and Unix machines networked. They all play well with each other.
When we want to do real work, we use the Apples or Unix machines.
When we want to....uh....er...battle Outlook or twaddle, we (reluctantly) engage the Windows units.
Oh, forgot, Microsoft’s Solitaire still rules.
I want my XP back.
I like 8.
8.1 is a fairly decent upgrade from 8.0 over all.
I only had the new computer and Windows 8 for about 3 days before the 8.1 upgrade appeared.
Personally I think people just like to whine for no apparent reason. (Vista users had a good reason to complain in my opinion)
Did I make it in before the usual guys extolling the virtues of XP, and bragging about their inability of learning how to use Windows 8?
I’m sure there will be some guy claiming that it’s unusable without a touch screen, or something about it being “shoved down their throats” within the next hour.
Why to avoid Windows 8:
I’ll keep my Windows XP computers until they crumble. For current/supported operating systems I have Win 7 and Linux.
7 is the end of the Windows line for me.
I like 7 and my current PC just fine. By the time I upgrade, they’ll be up to 10 or 11.
The search in 7 is significantly better than the search in XP.
I’m going to upgrade from XP to Vista. I hear Vista is really awesome. You know, Windows Vista. What do you mean you’ve never heard of it? It’s going to be the biggest thing since ....... Windows Me? Never heard of that one either?
Linux. There is no substitute.
I know the feeling, I hate my 7 so bad I’m thinking of looking for a used/rebuilt XP. I got an Ipad just to eliminate 80 percent of my 7 needs.
I’ll NEVER run Win 8 and most businesses will not. I am migrating to WIN 7 and I like it... to me... 8 sucks. YMMV.
Uh oh, another thread where Win 8 fanboys will fly to the flame.
Does Vista run an a PS2?
When you open a Windows Explorer window there is a search field just like a web browser uses. It’s different and takes some getting used to to become proficient but you can search.
Another one of those “features” microsquish gave us that we didn’t want...
The company I work for is still working on migration plans....to Win 7.
They do these articles almost without ever mentioning that a lot of people have little choice but to leave XP since support is ending.
XP is still the top OS on the planet though. Have to wonder how many foreigners can afford to switch over?
Surface 2 comes with bitlocker installed?
Just bought my boy (15) a new computer and the only thing he insisted on was Windows 7 rather than 8.
Guess he knows more about it than me.
The new Apple Pro (starting around $3000) looks like a coffee pot or a small trash can.
“When I need a computer, if there isnt something a hellova lot better than windows 8, I will be an Apple user.”
FWIW, I replaced my 10 year old XP laptop last year (Dec 2012, actually).
ONLY Windows 8 was available.
I purchased a Mac Mini, installed Parallels and bought a Windows 7 ‘system builder’ operating system on Amazon.
I am extremely happy with my choice. I actually DO have to deal with clients with documents in Pages and Keynote - now it’s no problem.
Windows 7 programs open in a window (I have two monitors) and I can copy/paste from Pages to Word and vica-versa.
I really hate Windows 8 but am very happy with Windows 7.
The bonus is now I have my text messages (iMessages, actually) popup on the Mac Dock. I’ve never been as productive.
Thought you might like to know there are options...
It would be interesting to see the total list of operating systems in use.
About a year and a half ago we had Hughes Satellite internet installed. I had a discussion with the guy doing the install about operating systems. To my surprise he said there are many out there still using Win98 and Win2K for internet use.
Windows 95/98 Pass
Windows ME: Fail
Windows XP: Pass
Windows Vista: Fail
Windows 7 Pass
Windows 8 Fail
Windows 9 ?
Is anyone else seeing a pattern here?
I did not use HTML. darn it
Bragging about their inability to learn Windows 8, or something about it being shoved down their throats????
I like to compare computers to other common goodies we all buy like cars. We still own and drive a 1999 Geo Metro. The steering wheel is on the left side, the gas pedal is on the right side of the floor board. The windshield is in front of us, the shifter is on the floor in the center.
Last year we bought a 2013 Subaru Legacy. And to our surprise the controls layout is identical to our Geo. The steering wheel, shifter, gas pedal, etc are all in the same locations and we do not have to learn how to drive it.
My point is just why should Microsoft change the way something is operated or controlled? Yes, I can see new features that make an operating system either more secure or more efficient. Just like our new Subaru, a far superior vehicle compared to the Geo, but we just got in the Subaru and safely drove it off at highway speeds.
There is no practical reason to change how something is operated or controlled.
Now for things being shoved down our throats. By making XP obsolete, they are indeed attempting to get people to move on to something else. Many people, such as the elderly living on a fixed income cannot afford this switcherroo BS.
We are one of the ones moving to Win7. Our install discs will be here in a few days.
Win 3.1 should run pretty fast on a newer computer
OK.. it won’t run at all because it is limited to certain size hdd’s and RAM or something
Win 7 is the new XP.
That's my attitude with computers as well.
“I bet many XP computers these days are kept offline for one reason or another. “
I’m upgrading our Win XP computer to Win 7. We will be one of those keeping Win XP. My intent is to have a dual operating system. One with XP for older software, and just in case we do not like 7.
I remember having games I loved back when I had XP, most still worked on Win98 thank goodness
You skipped Windows 2000. I think you would rate it “Pass”.
And the reason(s) for that statement? Not a challenge, I'm curious. I have to help out my mother with her 7 machine, and I end up grumbling every time I have to deal with it, especially when using the search.
Because it is better. It’s more accessible, it does faster searching, and the search on the start menu (which is different than the search in explorer) also searches applications and Windows settings (wanna turn off UAC, you don’t need to remember where it is, just type UAC into the search box and Windows brings up the UAC settings dialog). It’s significantly more powerful than the search in XP.
And there was NT. It was popular for business use about the same time Win98 was for home use.
I migrated from Windows XP to Windows 7 and really like it. It is a worthy successor to XP. I have tried Windows 8 and find it quite frustrating to use especially to us so used to the older versions of Windows. I’ll stick with 7 for now.
the Ins. Co i work for still uses XP my co laptop/Desktop both have XP and internet otherwise i can’t function at my job
If your Windows 7 is ultimate you can make XP virtual machines, much smoother than dual booting. When I went to 7 I did the dual boot thing, and never went back. 7’s a good OS.
Man I loved to hate that thing, I bitched and moaned for months. I finally got it set up to my liking, and continued bitching about it to friends and family alike, and then, a few months later, I realized, I had stopped bitching.
You know what? Once I got it setup to my liking, booting straight to the desktop, my most used apps pinned to the task bar... It works. It works darn well too, overall. I see the start menu as an thing I go to from time to time, and I am finding more use for it now.
>So I have stopped bitching and started using, again, realizing, like I did back when I was a Linut, that if you can get it to work for you, then that's all you need. Hating is counterproductive, get to work, or enjoy your free time.
I agree. Windows 8 SUCKS and needs to follow the Blackberry into irrelevancy.
They should come up with “Old Fart Windows”. I want to surf the web, write letters and get email. I don’t need anything else. And I don’t get very many emails.