In a bit of good news for Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), one of the world’s top authorities on software claims that Windows 8 sales have exceeded those of earlier OS Vista over the same number of days from initial launch. The information runs contrary to many impressions about the adoption of Windows 8, most of which suggest that the product is already in trouble.
The conclusion was derived using data from Web-metrics firm Net Applications for October. The new operating system was on 0.45 percent of all computers, which is more than double that of Vista’s 0.19 percent. There are, however, a few caveats. As it was launched on the 26th, compared with the 30th (for Vista), Windows 8 had a couple more days to account for. Meanwhile, Vista was introduced in January, which meant that it missed the crucial holiday buying season.
The only bit of bad news is that Windows 8 adoption rates are behind those of Windows 7.
Douglas A. McIntyre