Sorry, Microsoft: Even the superficial return of the Start button isn’t enough to make people clamor for Windows 8. TheNextWeb takes a look at some of the latest numbers from Net Applications and finds that Windows 8′s growth has stagnated as the combined market share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 grew by only 0.05 percentage points in November. In contrast, Windows 7′s market share grew by 0.22 percentage points, which means that users upgrading to new PCs still seem to prefer Windows 7 to Windows 8.
With the release of Windows 8.1 to the world in October, Microsoft in November saw the first full month of availability for its latest operating system version. So far, the result has been mixed: while Windows 8.1 is certainly growing quickly, and eating rather effectively into Windows 8′s share, the duo hasn’t moved forward very much overall.