Windows 8 overtake Android web presence in less than 10 days

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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.

It should take less than a month for Windows 8 to overtake all of iOS’s web presence, which exposes the “Post-PC” propaganda for the lie it is – we still do the vast majority of our work and play on a PC, making the Windows 8 Store the biggest opportunity developers will be seeing for at least the next few years.

Do our readers agree? Let us know below.

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  • The__Truth__Hurts

    Windows 8. Windows 8. Windows 8. Windows 8.

    You are comparing the largest desktop OS to a mobile OS.

    Isn’t that comparing apples to oranges…?

    But, the question is: how is it done on the mobile side? With the numerous options and “surf like desktop” modes, are those slapped within the mobile OS or added to the desktop OS….?

    I don’t know about this one, but another thing like this, they were doing stuff by ad impressions. Which really only says one thing. One group of people like to click on ads far more than another.

    • http://twitter.com/counterblow the person

      Windows 8 has blurred those lines pretty badly. Microsoft is showing that it is possible to have a full blown OS in a mobile form factor, or whatever form factor you want. It is pretty amazing how fast Win8 has overtaken Android….it just shows how thin their majority position really is.

    • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

      I think that it’s overtaken Android in less than two weeks from release. If we were three months out it’d be bad but a few days in and it shows that people are buying it.

    • Bugbog

      I don’t think it matters either way! What this is saying is that Windows 8, an O.S. released just 10 days ago, has already overtaken an O.S. purported to be the Mobile O.S. of the future! And given it’s intrinsic hybrid nature, consumers will be able to do as they wish with it; have stay at home on the desktop, use it outside the home, or in the office.

      I say within three months it overtakes all of IOS usage!

      • http://twitter.com/EShy EShy

        usage on the web. it’s a big distinction. mobile users prefer native apps to the web

        • Bugbog

          That may well be. But what about the supposed Android tablets that are out there??

          As I thought, they have just faded away before the onslaught of Win8!

          • http://twitter.com/epic_n00b $(‘#Anil’)

            On Android, You have got multiple browser apps with each supporting “Desktop Mode”. Also you can configure it as you want verses “accept it as it is” on WP/iOS.

            Simple e.g : On Android, I can change the search engine i want. cant do same on WP OS.

    • Seanmich3l

      Hah! the truth hurts dont it.. bwahahahahaaaa

    • hysonmb

      There were projections not too long ago claiming that Android would overtake Windows as the most used OS in the world. This is relevant for those types of comparisons.

      • http://twitter.com/EShy EShy

        no it’s not. Android had 750K apps, most users spend more time on apps in Android than browsing websites. These numbers are irrelevant.

        Lets wait until Windows 8 sells the 400 million new PCs (an annual sales figure). When it’s really way ahead of Android/ios,

        • Craig

          Easy – 6 months from now. Or did we forget the sales of Windows 7?

    • Michael Esteves

      And all the other reviewers comparing Win 8 to the iPad? Let not change our minds ever few minutes.

      I don’t think its based on ads. Its website hits

  • Bugbog

    Ha!!!!

  • http://www.mainstreetchatham.com/ JimmyFal

    Probably not a fair comparison, but I’m happy to see Win 8 doing well. This ain’t no Vista that’s for sure.

  • Breakingillusions

    im one of them :D

  • techieg

    I personally think the world cannot do without Windows and it is accurate to say that “It should take less than a month for Windows 8 to overtake all of iOS’s web presence, which exposes the “Post-PC” propaganda for the lie it is – we still do the vast majority of our work and play on a PC, making the Windows 8 Store the biggest opportunity developers will be seeing for at least the next few years.”

  • RicardoDawkins

    Engapple.comt and thePoison are not going to report this.

  • Andrew Lee

    What so ever people make comparison, but few things are sure:
    1. People must have found it very easy (at least in comparison to Android) to browse the web. In other words, Android must have discouraged people from browsing the web. Now thats clear whats difficult to learn and whats not.

    2.No one can deny that the pace at which Windows 8 overtook web presence number is over blowing to even compare with (at no other reason).

    3. This Windows 8 will be the same on the Tablet and PCs and Windows Phone 8 is near close to it as it shares NT kernel & yeah IE10. So more things to come.

    • Bugbog

      Yet there is the meme that keeps getting spouted, that Chrome & Safari is ‘better’ than IE10!

      IE10 [on Touch] Is.Simply.Beautiful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/SANTANA.GEORGE3 Santana George

    More Great Apps Are Flowing to Store, Wait More to Happen!!!

  • http://twitter.com/MGL74 Maciej

    Though I am one of the biggest Microsoft Fans out there: Firstly the comparison is not fair and secondly I wouldn’t wonder that much about these results, since every Surface Tablet loads tons of data (updates) from internet on first start and the people download lot of software from new Windows Store just to play with. Such numbers will become interestant when Win8 overtakes iOS ;) SOmwhere in 2016 maybe ;)

    • Flatbushe21

      lol 2016, boy wishful thinking. This will happen a lot sooner than you think. A lot sooner. Get real. People don’t understand how strong the windows distribution machine is or they do and just wish it wasn’t as strong because of fanboyism.

    • Bloob

      Doesn’t really make a difference how much data surface tablets use, or how often one visits store, statcounter data is taken from statcounter sites, which might be sites that are generally visited on a device with a larger screen.

      I’d guess 300 million machines running Win 8 by the end of 2013.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001789586718 Кирилл Ярин

      >since every Surface Tablet loads tons of data (updates) from internet on first start and the people download lot of software from new Windows Store just to play with.

      This argument is wrong because StatCounter counts only traffic from websites.

  • Seanmich3l

    but but I thought android would surpass window usage by 2016?

    • AlanStrangis

      With the way Google reports Android growth, they’ll be saying 1 billion new devices activated every day…

      • WaitWhat

        That would be highly unlikely, there is only 6 billion of us.

        • http://www.facebook.com/KTHUNK Shankar Mukund

          haha .. lol ..

  • NegLewis

    THIS after all iSheeps talks about how W8 will fail from day 1?

  • sumedh

    To Apple and Google, Windows8 is like some ancient Chinese herbal badass poison killing them,without an antidote and I love it :-)

  • John

    It will never be a post-pc. PC is always there and will be. Different form factor and sizes base on technology and people needs but it will be always there.
    If you think we are in pst-pc or we will be then you are simply stupid.

    • LoveUXD

      Then all big market research companies are stupid? I do think, there will be a post pc time and this is already happening: children touching the screen or TV,… Wake up ;)

  • Kane

    LMAO.
    post PC my ASS.

  • Werns

    That is truly a fact. Win8 on PC is the ultimate product. Win7 is good but, Win8 is much much better. People should not believe all the negativity on Win8. This is truly a well “baked” product. Thank you MS.

  • warcaster

    What a ridiculous comparison. You can’t compare the “web traffic” of a laptop OS to one of a phone OS. People browse on their phones 10-30 minutes a day, and browse the web on their laptops 8 hours or more a day, so of course the “traffic” share is larger on a laptop than on a phone.

    This is the same type of BS stats I see from Net Applications all the time.

    • surur

      Exactly the point – if phones is the future, why are we using them only for 10-30 min per day, and then spending 8 hours on your laptop? Is that the Post PC world?

      • WaitWhat

        Excellent reply.

      • Daniel

        Don’t think “phones” are the future, but rather hybrids mobile/desktop devices (and may or may not be like the hybrids we see now). And MS seems to think that was well, look at Win8 and the convergence with the mobile market share. The Android device makers already got that some time ago, Asus transformer as an example. At least for me it isn’t about having a separate ecosystem and reality, it’s about being connected and able to work or take advantage of it. I can write some lines of code and push it to github or any repository I use if I have spare time while waiting for someone or something and want to move ahead on my work, and when I get to my laptop or desktop I’ll have it there and continue what I was doing comfortably (and I do spend 8+ hours per day in front of a PC working).

        The Post-PC is bs, but that doesn’t make any true that the mobile devices are here to stay and there will be a convergence between PC and mobile devices. Maybe someday I’ll just have one device and a docking station, or maybe just a (smart)card where I transfer all my settings from device to device as I use them, or I’ll have several devices that share some uses, but truth is the mobile and PC market are already converging.

    • Garrantsson

      Android runs on tablets too, mate.
      http://statcounter.com/demo/system/#os

  • http://twitter.com/EShy EShy

    So based on the fact that people don’t use Android to access the web you decided they only use these phones for calls and text? maybe it’s because they are using apps most of the time?

    your conclusion is wrong, or at least not supported by the data it’s based on.

    I could say win 8 users spend more time on the web because they don’t like apps, so why target that platform? it will be just as true based on these numbers

  • blackhawk556

    you mean to tell me android’s web traffic is only at .55%? Why dont I believe that?

  • DBC

    This is flawed… this data is for Microsoft-News.com…. obviously Android users wouldn’t visit this site… lol at this report

    • http://twitter.com/markrendle Mark Rendle

      “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”
      In future, read things properly before replying.

  • tomakali

    Stevejobs is a DEAD guy
    TimCook is a BRAIN DEAD guy
    glad both are dead in someway…

  • David

    Comparing Windows 8 to Android, because Windows 8 vs Mac OS would be too damn obvious.

    • Bugbog

      I don’t see the point you are trying to make?

      Android, collectively, out sells IOS.
      There are over 100milion IOS devices
      That means, altogether, in just 10 days quite a number of millions of people are using Windows 8!

      I doubt it will take before the end of the year before Windows 8 overshoots MacOS.

      Don’t worry, the numbers will keep on rolling in.

  • sdfjshfsdl

    And how many of those “Windows 8 devices” are running WindowsRT, the mobile OS designed for ARM processors?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gavin-Tom/100001144097567 Gavin Tom

    wow cool news, windows 8 is really cool, phone, PC, and tablet. Syncs up perfectly, welcome to the future.!

  • realist

    This is fake image produced to drive traffic to microsoft-news.com. There is no such comparison on statcounter.com. If it’s real, then the creator must explain in detail how exactly the comparison was made, so that these ridiculous claims could be proved by the others…

    • Dented

      agreed, all stats on statcounter.com do not show this, nor is there a way (as far as I can ascertain) to generate these stats.

  • realist

    This is fake image produced to drive traffic to microsoft-news.com. There is no such comparison on statcounter.com. If it’s real, then the creator must explain in detail how exactly the comparison was made, so that these ridiculous claims could be proved by the others…

  • Dave

    All of you people using Windows8 on a ‘non mobile device’, ie a laptop/desktop, must be using a different Windows8 to me! Windows8 is the new ‘Modern UI’ yes? the big squares in full screen? So why does it fall back to desktop mode when I want to something other than look at fluff? For a desktop experience, it’s nothing more than a glorious new Start Menu that falls back to a gastly desktop UI. I want to use Windows8 UI, the noise is about using Windows8 UI, why do I fall back to desktop for almost everything?!?!?

    • Garrantsson

      Because you use legacy applications, mate.

      • Dave

        I don’t ‘want’ to use legacy applications. Windows8 takes me there itself – kindof non-self-promoting eh ‘mate’. I want to write a letter in the Windows8 environment. Even Windows95 came with a basic text editor, or have I missed it in the Start Menu/Store? I want to browse the Internet, but Windows8 takes me to the desktop to use a dekstop app.

        • Garrantsson

          I did not use the “mate” term in a sarcastic way, sorry you perceived it that way. Anyways, when I click on links, it opens up the “RT” browser by default. If you want to write a letter, you could try the app OneNote. Notepad is a legacy application, so it exists in the desktop environment. There are also some other simple text RT apps. :)

          • Dave

            I didn’t take it sarcastically, I meant my term ‘mate’ as a kind of returned ‘right back at ya’ :-) If I seemed hostile in previous posts, I apologise as I don’t mean to.

            It turns out that IE10 was defaulting to the desktop for some strange reason, so I can now browse as I was expecting. I also find it strange that there are very little ‘RT’ versions of the legacy applications that ( I feel ) should already be installed. As it is, for a new Win8 user, the OS itself resorts to using legacy apps because an RT version isn’t installed ( even if a similar app is available ). Wouldn’t it be so much better for MS and Win8 to have default Win8 ‘RT’ versions of the old tried/tested, and by now expected ( expected for an OS that has ‘Windows’ in its title ), applications to be a part of the bare bones OS? Thank you for the heads up on OneNote. I’ll take a look. :-)

          • Garrantsson

            Good, I am glad we’re on good terms!Yes, I it would’ve been better. They were probably keeping it down to minimal, to see if it is worth converting some of these old apps. They’ll come through, they always do.

    • http://twitter.com/venkatsreekanth SriKanth Reddy

      So.. you want your legacy apps float on top of METRO screen? doesn’t it look weird?

  • Rick Villafuerte Gonzales

    i cant find the page, is this true?

  • Danyel

    First, Why compare Windows with Android? Isn´t the same to compare one Ferrari with one Citroen? The two are both cars, but the power isnt the same, so why compares one SO for pc´s with one mobile OS? In mobile never will be more traffic comparing to one mobile… 2nd StatCounter is used by blogs, and other sites that is too heavy for mobiles, so its normal this sites visited by computers and not by mobiles… 3rd where is the proves of what Microsoft speaks? at StatCounter the windows 8 dont even appears…

  • Daniel

    Looking @ statcounter shows a different picture. Windows8/IE10 combination doesn’t even seem to register (shows as “other”, where every other browser/os combination is). Also shows that Android has 30% of the mobile share and that the mobile share represents 13% of the total web traffic (PC represents 87%), so that would but Android in about 4% of the share and not 0,65% as shown on the graph.

    Apart from that, why on earth someone would compare PC device with a mobile device in terms of use is beyond me. Shill much?

  • http://twitter.com/joepann Kitab

    The Post-PC era propaganda is the biggest lie on the internet, period.

  • Azeez

    where did you find these stats ? for sure it’s not from StatCounter .
    All Microsoft mobile operating systems are included in the category of others with popularity not worth mentioning. Also, you concluded, from the same stats, iOS to be the most popular?????
    According to StatCounter, Android is by far the most popular operating system and the gap is widen every month.

  • http://twitter.com/starknetwork Michael Stark MCP

    I need to get a crate of surfaces. Everyone who sees mine wants one immediately.

  • arrow2010

    I just get a feeling that 2013 is going to be the year of Windows 8. It’s going to be an absolute monster.

  • http://twitter.com/Lemuelpn Lemuel P. Nolasco

    It is what the whole world want.

  • EoghanM

    The Android data plotted is for Desktop only, i.e. Tablets

    The graph completely ignores Android on mobile phones.
    If you look at the StatCounter data for both Mobile + Desktop, Android is at 4.5% overall (32% of mobile, which is 13% vs. 87% for Desktop http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_vs_desktop-ww-daily-20121021-20121021-bar )

    Win8 would have to rise from 0.7% to over 5% to be a comparable platform to Android.