Data from software solutions firm SysAid shows Windows 8, which was launched six months ago, has seen far slower uptake than Windows 7, which was used by 11.3 per cent of enterprise computers by the same point.
SysAid founder and chairman Israel Lifshitz said the majority of Windows 8 implementations were by consumers rather than enterprises.
HumanIPO reported last week the iconic Microsoft Start button was set to return to the much maligned Windows 8, but the firm denied it was taking a step backwards.
Fans of Windows operating systems were upset by the lack of a Start button when it launched last year, but the 8.1 update will make it visible again on the taskbar.
A Microsoft blogpost said: “We've improved the way you navigate to Start with the mouse by changing the Start 'tip' to be the familiar Windows logo.”
“It will be interesting to see if the upcoming Windows 8.1 launch will be attractive enough to increase adoption among enterprises,” Lifshitz said.