During April, Windows 8’s shares went up by just over half a percentage point, roughly the same modest increase as in March. As in previous months, Windows 8 is growing more slowly than Windows Vista did during the same time period when it was released in 2007.
Windows 8 had a share of 4.2 percent in April, up from 3.6 percent the month before. The figures also include Windows RT.
The poor growth of Windows 8 was not the only bad news for Microsoft last month. Windows XP refuses to go away, experiencing only half a percentage point decline over the period.
Phasing out Windows XP has the highest priority at Microsoft as the twelve-year-old operating system will be retired on April 8 next year. During April, Windows XP accounted for 42.2 percent of all Windows installations worldwide.
Windows 7 remained at the same figures as the month before with a share of 48.7 percent. Vista fell slightly and accounted for five percent of all Windows versions during April.
Net Applications’ figures are based on measurements from approximately 40,000 websites worldwide.
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