When you look at the market share of the various operating systems, you notice a very interesting trend - Windows 8 is still widely used even though it has not received many positive reviews and many people dismiss it as being a broken operating system. Windows 8.1 was released in October 2013 and its aim is to fix many of the usability issues that were identified in Windows 8. Even though it is offered as a free upgrade, many Windows 8 users have not yet upgraded to Windows 8.1, including some of our readers. We would like to have a dialogue with you and understand why you haven't performed this upgrade.
Worldwide Adoption Stats for Windows 8 vs. Windows 8.1
First, let's look at gamers and their adoption of Windows 8.1. They tend to adopt the newest operating systems much faster than casual computer users. If we take a look at the monthly stats published by Steam for the month of February 2014, we see that a big percentage of gamers is still on Windows 8 (about 10% if you count both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions).
Windows 8.1 has a bigger number of users than Windows 8 (approximately 12%) but the total population should be much bigger.
NetMarketShare are publishing their monthly stats taken from thousands of international websites. According to them, Windows 8 has more users than Windows 8.1. In their estimations, Windows 8 has 6.38% of the total web traffic while Windows 8.1 only 4.3%.
No matter how you look at it, this is a sad picture. Windows 8.1 adoption is very slow paced.
Our Readers Are Better But Windows 8.1 Adoption Could Be Faster
We looked at our stats for 7 Tutorials in the last 30 days. From the total number of visits that were made on Windows computers, 21% were made from Windows 8.1 while 11% were made from Windows 8. This is so much better than the stats published by both Steam and NetMarketShare.
But this is not enough. Even our readers should embrace Windows 8.1 faster. Tell us…
Why Are You Still Using Windows 8?
No matter how you compare Windows 8.1 to Windows 8, Windows 8.1 is a better operating system. Yes, there are some things that were broken in this update but many others have been fixed or improved in tangible ways, both for PC and tablet users. Also, Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be launched next month and it will bring another large number of improvements, aimed mostly at PC users.
Our friends from How-To Geek have shared their opinion on the subject and they point at Microsoft's decision to deliver Windows 8.1 through the Windows Store, only for users with Microsoft accounts. We agree that this was a bad decision from Microsoft's part but we are not convinced that this is the only reason behind the slow adoption.
Therefore, we want to know why our readers are still on Windows 8. What are your reasons for not upgrading to Windows 8.1?