StatCounter currently shows that Windows 8 is picking up momentum ahead of the Windows 8.1 release update. As it stands, Windows 8 is the 4th most deployed operating system in the world (at 5.79%) behind Mac OSX (at 7.49%), Windows XP (at 21.22%), and Windows 7 (at 52.49%). Worldwide usage of iOS is sitting at 4.2%.
I suspect that by August, Windows 8 will be the 3rd most popular OS in the world.
If you look at the United States alone, Windows 8 adoption has already surpassed iOS deployment (although iOS has had a 6 year head start).
I firmly believe you will start to see this pick up more quickly after the release of Windows 8.1. Not only are there a lot of improvements coming to Windows 8.1 for Touch-enabled devices, but also improvements for non-Touch-enabled devices and the Bring-Your-Own-Device corporate scenarios. Additionally, Windows 8.1 makes the usability of the smaller form factors (7” – 9” devices) more appealing. I have personally purchased the Acer Iconia W3 8.1” device based on this announcement alone… unfortunately, I’m still waiting on delivery (initially targeted for June 18th but is now delayed until June 26th).
For those of you still on Windows XP, it is time to get off and upgrade your system. You have 10 months before Windows XP is End-of-Life (April 2014) which means NO SECURITY FIXES.
My recent Posts about Windows 8.1:
Also, my post on Acer’s Iconia W3: Acer Iconia W3