Windows 8 is playing second fiddle to Windows 7, at least in Internet traffic, according to data out today from StatCounter.
Over the four-week period ending November 26, Windows 8 had grabbed a worldwide Internet usage share of just 1.31 percent, the Web traffic firm said.
In comparison, Windows 7 had achieved a global Internet usage share of 4.93 percent during the one month after its debut in October 2009.
Both operating systems officially launched in October during their respective years. However, both were also available as freely downloadable release candidates prior to their official debuts.
StatCounter’s Global Stats data is based on more than 15 billion page views per month (4 billion from the U.S. alone) on its network of more than 3 million Web sites. The information doesn’t provide a picture of Windows 8 sales but simply a take on how many devices powered by the new OS have been recorded by StatCounter.
The data also doesn’t include the critical holiday season, which should give Windows 8 a shot in the arm.