BRITONS ARE AHEAD OF THE CURVE when it comes to adopting Windows 8, compared to the worldwide average.
Statistics from Statcounter show that 11.87 percent of UK users have upgraded compared to a worldwide average of 10.5 percent. In addition, more UK Windows 8 users have taken the free upgrade to Windows 8.1, at 4.65 percent, against 3.28 percent worldwide.
Perhaps the most worrying statistic of all for Microsoft is that despite Windows Vista being less than three years from end of life, and having been universally denigrated at the time it was released, there are still more people globally using Windows Vista than Windows 8.1.
The figures are still embarrassingly low for Microsoft, which is expected to launch the countdown to the Windows 8.1 successor, Windows 9, in the coming days, following a leak yesterday by Microsoft China.
Windows 7 is top dog at 44.47 percent market share in the UK, and 50.98 percent worldwide, with Windows XP used by a significantly smaller proportion of UK users, just 8.56 percent against 17.34 percent globally.
But incredibly, though we are less likely to cling to Windows XP, its much maligned successor Windows Vista is almost twice as popular in the UK, with 6.74 percent still using it, compared to 3.98 percent globally.
The figures shown differ slightly from the Net Applications data that The INQUIRER covers monthly, partly because that includes iOS as a personal computer operating system.
Apple's operating systems are significantly more prevelant in the UK, with Mac OS X standing at 11.8 percent market share, compare to 7.58 percent worldwide, and iOS at 10.83 percent, versus 5.27 percent worldwide.
This means that in the UK, Apple's operating systems outflank Windows XP, pushing it into fourth place, compared with second globally.
Microsoft's end of life for Windows XP continues to fail to motivate users to abandon it, with a recent unofficial Service Pack 4 having been released to provide some continuing support for the obsolete Microsoft operating system.
In some countries like China, Windows XP remains the dominant system. There, 46.76 percent of users favour Windows XP over 42.84 percent using Windows 7. The government crackdown on illegal copies of Microsoft software was followed by a denunciation of Windows 8 on state television news, decrying it as a spyware tool.