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It would be a great start for Windows as its market share finally gained after six months of decline with Windows 8 grabbed 1.64%, and Windows 7 passed 45%. According to the latest market share data from Net Applications, in the month of December 2012, Windows 8 gained 0.55 percentages of points, from 1.09 percent to 1.64 percent.
Windows Market Share
On the other end, Windows 7 gained 0.40 percentage points, from 44.71 percent to 45.11 percent while Windows Vista down 0.03 percentage points, from 5.70 percent to 5.67 percent with Windows XP fell a huge 0.74 percentage points, from 39.82 percent to 39.08 percent. The data comes from 160 million unique per month as the service monitors some 40,000 websites for its clients.
acturally, the market share for win 8 on Dec. 31 was 2.8%. This means that almost 45 millions of PCs in use are now on Win 8. This is not too bad, though not as good as hoped for. Market share should get a big rise when many WIn8 tablet PCs start to ship. IN the case of Surface 8 Pro, MSFt should get a major top line growth even if only a few millionsof Surface Pros are sold this quater.
Do not forget, MSFt is working on future verisons of Surface RTs and Pros, in different colors and different sizes, as well as different power and prices.
Some computer makers are selling Win 8 with a downgrade license to Win 7. Then the computer comes with Win 7 installed and upgrade to Win 8 is possible. To switch from one version to another requires un-install of one and install of the other.