So the release of Windows 8 didn't go exactly as Microsoft had hoped.
The successor to Windows 7 left many users disappointed and sold poorly in a market already hindered by a decline in new PC sales. Among the criticisms leveled to the OS was a push by Microsoft to the Metro interface which left some users wanting the old Windows environment back.
In fact, Windows 8 had so many flaws that the company had to pitch its first update, Windows 8.1 as a major update to the platform which would fix the problems so apparent in the original Windows 8 release.
But, despite its shortcomings, Microsoft can at least take solace in the knowledge that Windows 8 is more popular with consumers than the company's infamous Windows Vista release.
According to NetApplications, the beleaguered Windows 8 has officially surpassed Windows Vista in market share. The site reports that Windows 8 now holds a 5.1 percent share of the market, compared to Windows Vista's 4.62 percent share.
Those market shares are both dwarfed by Windows 7, which holds a 44.7 percent piece of the PC market. Second is Windows XP which, despite being more than a decade old, still holds more than a third of the market with a 37 percent share.
That Windows 8 lags is in some ways to be expected. With PC sales slow many users are still running their old Windows XP boxes, while many enterprises tend to hold off on adopting new operating systems until the first major update or service pack is installed.
Still, it must be some small consolation to Microsoft that Windows 8 is at least being received a bit better than the company's last Windows flop. And if nothing else, it at least helps to push Vista a little closer to the dustbin of history.
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