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Microsoft’s latest OS uptake falls behind Vista’s

Windows 8 ‘less popular than Vista’

New data from Net Applications reveals that the latest Windows operating system is proving unpopular.

Windows 8’s online usage share is around 1.6 per cent of all Windows PCs – less than the 2.2 per cent that Vista had in the same two months after its release.

Various reports claim that fewer Windows machines then expected were sold in Q4 2012. With Windows 8 built to utilise touchscreen, many users have been reluctant to splash out on a new touchscreen monitor for their PC, meaning many have held back from purchasing the new OS just yet.

Although Microsoft announced back in November that 40 million Windows 8 licences were sold in one month (putting it on track to outsell Windows 7), a report by NPD revealed that since Windows 8’s launch, sales of Windows 8 devices fell by 21 per cent, compared to the same period the previous year.

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