This month Microsoft brag about the growth of Windows 8 adaption was outpacing Windows 7. A new study has shown thats not the case, the new stats show that Windows 8 is moving slower at launch than Windows 7.  Microsoft might be blowing it with Windows 8, that third place they were gunning for might be out of sight now..

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“Microsoft has reported license sales of 40 million for Windows 8, however this has not yet translated into significant usage figures,” said Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter. ”This may be due to sales to manufacturers rather than to end users so Windows 8 may well get a boost over the December holiday buying season.”

StatCounter compiles its data from more than 15 billion page views per month across more than 3 billion Web sites on its network.

“Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 underwent significant periods of beta testing before their official launch dates,” the firm said. “In absolute terms, Windows 8 is behind Windows 7 one month post launch as outlined above. In relative terms, however, Windows 8 has more than tripled its usage share in the first month after launch, while Windows 7 only doubled its usage in the corresponding period.”