Windows 8 has been out for almost two months now in GA form, but the numbers at NetMarketShare still barely register its presence. A quick look at the November 2012 OS pie chart shows that Windows 8 fails to register, except as part of the “other” category.
A further look into the text details shows that Windows 8 registers just behind Linux, whose 1.25% share still leads Windows 8’s 1.09% by 0.16%. It should be interesting to follow the growth of Windows 8’s share of the market pie over the months ahead to see how quickly it can edge its way past Linux and into Mac OS territory (more than 1.25% but less than 2.19%). I predict that it could be as long as one year before Windows 8 edges past the other OSes and starts encroaching into Windows Vista’s current 5.7% marketshare. It’s possible that Windows 8’s move past those non-Windows entries could also coincide with surpassing Vista, but I’m not yet convinced it can must enough upward momentum to climb that far, that fast.
In any case, this should be an interesting marketshare pie to keep watching. Count on me to report back regularly as and when things start to change.