While we have reports from the NPD and elsewhere of slow Windows 8 sales, it seems Black Friday (23rd November) had a pretty distinct effect on the installed base of Windows 8 PCs, as can be seen from the above StatCounter data shows. While the days leading up to Black Friday had Windows 8 running below 1% US net usage, Thanks Giving and Black Friday saw a large number of new Windows 8 PCs hitting the market, taking its US share above 2%. While the number reduced over the next week,indicating that Windows 8 users are mainly at home rather than at work, it returned to 2.12% yesterday, indicating the new level was real and not just an artefact of increased usage over the holiday break. The stats mean that for every 25 Windows 7 users there is one Windows 8 user, and similarly for every 7 Windows XP and ...

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Microsoft has not released much Windows 8 sales figures, merely saying that they have sold 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in 3 days and tens of millions of licenses to businesses. There are however other places we can look to see how the OS is performing. Statcounter has handy daily stats on web traffic from their thousands of sensor sites on the internet, and from there we can plot the above graph, which shows the web presence of Windows 8 has more than doubled since its release on the 26th October, and that its web presence has decisively overtaken that of Android 3 days ago. While we know there are hundreds of million Android phones out there, the data clearly shows these phones are not being used for much more than phone calls and text messages, which developers should bear in mind when they are deciding which platform to support. ...

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