Microsoft has taken a number of steps these past few months in order to bring Windows to as many devices as possible. But in the grand scheme of things, the company still has a long way to go.

Grand scheme of things, as in the total number of computing devices sold across the globe.

Research firm Gartner is back with another analysis on the state of affairs, and reveals that Windows was installed on just 13.96% of devices that were sold last year. The 2013 worldwide numbers came in at 2.33 billion devices.

And they are not going to change much by the end of the year.

Windows is expected to gain about 0.5% before reaching 13.7% overall by the end of this year, in which a total of 2.43 billion devices are expect to ship.

In the words of research director Ranjit Atwal:

“Microsoft is still trying to transition beyond PCs into ultra mobile and phones. They are not making inroads, the volumes are still pretty small relative to the overall market.”

And even if Windows is not as appealing as it could be to buyers these days, the PC market, on the flipside is doing pretty well right now — thanks in no small part to the retirement of Windows XP. More and more users and businesses are buying new computers this year.

The PC hardware market may have shrunk, but it has not disappeared, the report notes.

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  1. Mike Greenway / July 7, 2014 at 9:22 am /Reply

    Gartner predicts from 2011 “The surprise figure from Gartner is the revelation that it too predicts Microsoft will cement a strong second place market share by 2015. IDC previously predicted that Windows Phone will account for over 20% market share in 2015, above Apple’s estimated 15%. Gartner’s figures follow a similar approach. Gartner says Microsoft’s Windows Phone will account for 19.5% market share by 2015, above Apple’s 17.2%. Windows Phone will also account for 215 million worldwide shipments by 2015”

  2. It’s a little concerning but not really. I mean, Microsoft has such a big lead overall, that not growing much isn’t going to truly hurt them for a long time. But it’s something to look out for.

  3. That should be an alarm to those people who still want MS stays with desktop. Mobile is the real battlefield no matter you like it or not.

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