Prepare for a surprise; new data states that Windows 8 already has more web traffic than Android

by: Joe HindyNovember 9, 2012

Windows 8
When people think about operating systems that are currently dominating the market, Windows 8 doesn’t immediately come to mind. Don’t get us wrong, it will be a very popular and widely used OS in due time. However, Windows 8 has only been out for about two weeks. In that time frame, they somehow managed to overtake Android in web traffic.

According to renowned analytics firm StatCounter, Windows 8 has surpassed Android in web traffic. In the course of just two weeks, Android has stayed pretty much consistent between .5% and .7% of all web traffic. Windows 8 has been on a rapid increase. On October 21, Windows 8 had about .35%. In just a week and a half, it rose to over .7% and passed Android.

The question on everyone’s mind is how this could have happened. At last glance, there are over 500 million Android users and not that many Windows 8 users. The popular opinion is that since people spend more time surfing the web on computers than they do on their cell phones, that it helps explain this odd stat.

So Windows 8 wins because it’s a computer operating system?

That’s pretty much what the consensus is. It’s easier for most people to check their various social networks on a computer with a steady WiFi connection than it is to do it in the grocery store over 3G or 4G. Additionally, when you add in content like Farmville 2 on Facebook, there is also a lot of content that mobile users still can’t get to.

According to WinSource, no sales numbers have been released yet for Windows 8. So it’s hard to tell exactly how many people have Microsoft’s newest offering. However, it appears as though people that do have it seem to be making good use of it.

Even with all the explanations, it’s still unusual enough to look at twice. Even if Windows 8 had a great opening, it’s still hard to imagine beating out 500 million Android users. Let us know what you think about all this.

  • masterdebater

    Entirely different monsters. I don’t see the point. Ok, being lenient with this comparison, StatCounter does not have data from app traffic which is the primary traffic source on Android. Crap, I just got linkbaited.

  • Steve

    Depends whether all the 2GB operating system downloads over the last two weeks for Windows 8 is included! :)

  • Chris Quin

    MS must be generating this traffic to create the impression that Win 8 is gaining traction.

  • Adanedhil

    StatCounter uses only tablet Android in Desktop OS view.

  • I don’t know about any other android users, but i usually put my browser in ipad or desktop mode so i don’t get mobile versions of web pages. If they are going off of browser user agent data, of course android is going to come out behind. They are probably the only devices with configurable browser user agent strings.

    • Same here. I can’t stand the ‘mobile’ versions of most sites so have dolphin running in desktop mode for my user agent.

  • dfgz

    Why is web traffic so important?

  • Imre Adam

    Again Microsoft made a huge OS. Only for install or patches needs more download then the other os makes in normal use. Wtf ???

  • My home connection, mainly Windows PCs, consumes 100GB a month, my Android phone consumes 3GB a month. The comparison makes no sense, as does the article.

  • IncCo

    Just one comment: NO SHIT ! A computer OS uses more data than a mobile one ? Shocker..

  • coffmad

    In other news, the hoover dam moves more water than my kitchen sink

  • HeterodoxEconomics

    Joe, this was a very poor article. You need to understand the background to data usage vefore you raise this sort of speculation.