Microsoft Is Pulling the Plug on Windows 8
Yesterday, Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 8. It was the final nail in the coffin of what was arguably the least successful Windows version of all time. After its highly anticipated release in October 2012, Windows 8 failed to make an impression with users as many found its radically new user interface confusing and counter-intuitive. Microsoft quickly backpedaled and rolled out Windows 8.1 which reversed many of the UI changes just one year after Windows 8’s initial release. Windows 10, released in July 2015, went one step further in returning to a more traditional desktop feel while building on some of the features introduced with Windows 8. It was received much more positively than its predecessor and quickly overtook Windows 8 in terms of market share.
As our chart, based on data from NetMarketShare, illustrates, Windows 8 failed to reach wide adoption during its lifetime. It never managed to pass Windows XP (released in 2001) let alone challenge its predecessor Windows 7 which remains the most widely used desktop operating system in the world.
- Microsoft Windows 8: number of licenses sold 2012-2014Microsoft Windows 8: number of licenses sold 2012-2014
- Mobile developers worldwide evaluate Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 OS in 2012Mobile developers worldwide evaluate Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 OS in 2012
- Survey: intent to buy a Windows 8 smartphone as of Sept 2012, by manufacturerSurvey: intent to buy a Windows 8 smartphone as of Sept 2012, by manufacturer
- Global market share held by computer operating systems 2012-2015, by monthGlobal market share held by computer operating systems 2012-2015, by month
- Operating systems market share of desktop PCs 2012-2017, by monthOperating systems market share of desktop PCs 2012-2017, by month
- Market share held by tablet operating systems in Finland 2016Market share held by tablet operating systems in Finland 2016
- Leading desktop operating systems ranked by market share in Italy 2010-2016Leading desktop operating systems ranked by market share in Italy 2010-2016
- Market share held by desktop operating systems in Norway 2016Market share held by desktop operating systems in Norway 2016
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