Column: Why Microsoft need not worry about Windows 8

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Global PC sales plunged 14% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2013, and much of the blame was heaped on the lukewarm reception to Windows 8.

Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) new operating system was supposed to provide a boost to the ailing industry but has ostensibly failed to do so.

Microsoft says that it has already shifted 100 million Windows 8 licenses, which matches the sakes pace of Windows 7, but six months into the release of the former, NetApplications reports that windows 8 only has a 3.82% share of the desktop OS market, while Windows 7 and Windows XP still dominate with 44.72% and 38.31% respectively.

Back when Windows 7 was six months old it already had an 11.94% share, NetApplications says.

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