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Windows 8 Now Loaded Onto 9.3% Of All PCs

Windows 8 Now Loaded Onto 9.3% Of All PCs

More consumers and business professionals are using Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) latest operating system than ever before.

According to The Next Web, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 can now be found on 9.3 percent of all computers. This includes notebooks, desktops and tablet hybrids, such as Surface.

On an individual basis, Windows 8 now accounts for 6.66 percent of the PC market, while Windows 8.1 accounts for 2.64 percent.

This is a relatively low percentage compared to the vast number of Windows-based PCs that are currently in use. Unbelievably, 31.22 percent of them are still running Windows XP. More than 46 percent run Windows 7. Windows Vista, one of the least popular versions of the OS, can be found in no more than 3.57 percent of PCs.

While Windows 8's growth is meaningful, it is very, very small. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 increased its total users by a mere 0.05 percent from the previous month.

Collectively, all versions of Windows increased 0.22 percent.

At the same time, OS X's market share decreased by 0.17 percent. This isn't overly surprising; after all, Mac sales declined significantly during the June quarter. Mac sales continued to tumble in the September quarter.

But while Apple's OS upgrades have been well received by consumers, Windows 8 has received mixed results. Some users love the new features, while others were not too impressed.

Related: Xbox One Accidentally Shipped Early By Target

Windows 8 may be off to a slower-than-anticipated start, but Xbox One, the company's leading non-software product, is already setting new sales records. Within 24 hours of its release, Microsoft sold one million Xbox One consoles worldwide, obliterating the first-day sales of the original Xbox and Xbox 360.

Xbox One's sales achievement is second only to Sony's PlayStation 4, which was quickly purchased by one million consumers in the United States alone.

Microsoft is expected to slowly transform itself into a service and hardware business, as evidenced by the release of the Surface tablet and Office 365. It is not yet known how Windows will fit into that mix.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.

Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ


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