Microsoft still has a Windows 8 adoption problem. The Next Web has posted numbers that show some good news for Microsoft:
Windows 8.1 continues to grow slowly while Windows 8 remains largely flat, allowing the former to finally pass the latter in market share.
Each of those operating systems have found its way on just over 6% of the computers out there. Now the bad news:
At the same time, Windows 7 has managed to climb back over the 50 percent mark, while Windows XP still has more than 25 percent of the pie, despite support for the ancient OS finally ending in April.
When a retired OS and your last generation OS is still installed on the majority of computers out there, you have a problem. I have to admit that I am helping that problem along. I’m actively telling customers switching from Windows XP to go with Windows 7 rather than Windows 8 due to the fact that the Windows 7 user interface is one they are familiar with and the transition will be smooth. After all, I don’t want to give my customers advice that causes problems. Thus it looks like Microsoft has a lot of work to do to fix their Windows 8 problem.