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Windows 8's upgrade pace behind Vista!

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  • http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9234216/Windows_8_uptake_More_like_Vista_than_Windows_7

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    After a month on the market, Windows 8's usage uptake resembles 2007's Vista -- ultimately a poor performer for Microsoft -- rather than the eventually successful Windows 7, a Web measurement company said Saturday.

    According to Net Applications, 1.2% of all Windows PCs ran Windows 8 during November, more than double its share the month before..

    Windows 8's gains last month were lackluster compared to Windows 7's in late 2009. By the end of that upgrade's first full month at retail, it had captured 4.3% of all Windows.

    Windows 8's November gain was its best-ever since Net Applications began tracking the new operating system. Even so, it fell further behind Windows 7's pace. In 2009, Windows 7 added 2 percentage points in its first month after launch, while Windows 8 added only seven-tenths of a point, less than a half as much.

    In fact, Windows 8 may have trouble keeping pace with Vista. By the end of Vista's second month, it accounted for 2.2% of all copies of Windows. To equal that, Windows 8 will have to add another full percentage point to its share in December.

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    The usage data also bolsters analysis of Microsoft's assertion that it sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses -- a number the company said is "in line" with Windows 7's first month. Experts did not dispute the 40 million, but noted that many of those licenses were tied to PCs that had not yet been sold to customers, and so Microsoft's number did not represent Windows 8's real-world use.

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    Let's not forget that Vista was released for the general customers in January 30 2007. Well after the black friday and christmas seasons, and it was also far more expensive than Windows 8.. still did better! But of course, Win8's poor performance has nothing to do with the GUI, that thing is just perfect...

    Sunday, December 02, 2012 8:40 AM

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  • http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9234216/Windows_8_uptake_More_like_Vista_than_Windows_7

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    After a month on the market, Windows 8's usage uptake resembles 2007's Vista -- ultimately a poor performer for Microsoft -- rather than the eventually successful Windows 7, a Web measurement company said Saturday.

    According to Net Applications, 1.2% of all Windows PCs ran Windows 8 during November, more than double its share the month before..

    Windows 8's gains last month were lackluster compared to Windows 7's in late 2009. By the end of that upgrade's first full month at retail, it had captured 4.3% of all Windows.

    Windows 8's November gain was its best-ever since Net Applications began tracking the new operating system. Even so, it fell further behind Windows 7's pace. In 2009, Windows 7 added 2 percentage points in its first month after launch, while Windows 8 added only seven-tenths of a point, less than a half as much.

    In fact, Windows 8 may have trouble keeping pace with Vista. By the end of Vista's second month, it accounted for 2.2% of all copies of Windows. To equal that, Windows 8 will have to add another full percentage point to its share in December.

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    The usage data also bolsters analysis of Microsoft's assertion that it sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses -- a number the company said is "in line" with Windows 7's first month. Experts did not dispute the 40 million, but noted that many of those licenses were tied to PCs that had not yet been sold to customers, and so Microsoft's number did not represent Windows 8's real-world use.

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    Let's not forget that Vista was released for the general customers in January 30 2007. Well after the black friday and christmas seasons, and it was also far more expensive than Windows 8.. still did better! But of course, Win8's poor performance has nothing to do with the GUI, that thing is just perfect...

    Win8 would have been nowhere right now if Microsoft did not a have monopoly situation.  Now, consumers who buy PCs and notebooks at major retailers have no choice than to get Win8.  They cannot downgrade to Win7 machines bought at stores.  So, they are a captive audience for Microsoft.  And the degree you see any utilization, this is it.  It is a "forced" utilization because these consumers cannot buy anything else.  If one put the same machines side to side with one running Win8 and the other running Win7, most consumers would have picked up the Win7 machine.  Now, people have to eat the food that Microsoft is force-feeding them.
    Sunday, December 02, 2012 8:09 PM
  • People do not like change and that is the bottom line. As a whole Windows 7 is a much better OS as of stability and function because it has much more time on the table for them to fix the issues that they had with it. You might not like the changes that they made to the OS but you can also still buy Windows 7 from a retailer like Newegg or TigerDirect or even Microsoft themselves and downgrade the machine. You are not able to choose 7 in stores because as a whole Windows 8 is the newest and biggest thing and people, although not all, want to have it. Windows 8 has untold potential because of power-shell but until companies and retailers alike utilize the full potential of it (just like on 7) there will be people that don't like it and issues that will arise with it.

    Giving Feedback is probably the most important thing you can do to help the product but constant badgering and belligerent comments get you no where and get them no where as well.

    P.S. If you do not like Windows 8, buy and construct your own machine and put 7 on it, most people who know and work on computers all day do this, you might look into it yourself :D.

    Monday, December 03, 2012 5:35 AM
  • People do not like change and that is the bottom line.

    No, the bottom line is that you are new to the this forum and missed the dozens of huge posts about W8's deficiencies (sorry if that sounded a bit rude, didn't mean it). I for one welcome change, if change would be for the better. Win8 isn't. I've used dozens of various UIs, mostly without much problems (even exotic stuff like rare DOS shells), but Win8.. is just galling. It just feels as if it is not designed for computers in the first place but for handheld devices, and was slapped onto a desktop OS as an afterthought.

    Windows 8 is the newest and biggest thing and people, although not all, want to have it.

    The statistics so far prove otherwise.

    Giving Feedback is probably the most important thing you can do to help the product but constant badgering and belligerent comments get you no where and get them no where as well. - We gave feedback! Problem is we got ignored and the response was just silence, nothing else.

    Windows 8 has untold potential because of power-shell - because of power shell? In all the discussions about Windows 8 so far, you're the only one who mentioned PS as as some breakthrough W8 feature. What's the difference between power shell 3 on Win8 and Win7?


    Monday, December 03, 2012 4:53 PM
  • People do not like change and that is the bottom line. As a whole Windows 7 is a much better OS as of stability and function because it has much more time on the table for them to fix the issues that they had with it. You might not like the changes that they made to the OS but you can also still buy Windows 7 from a retailer like Newegg or TigerDirect or even Microsoft themselves and downgrade the machine. You are not able to choose 7 in stores because as a whole Windows 8 is the newest and biggest thing and people, although not all, want to have it. Windows 8 has untold potential because of power-shell but until companies and retailers alike utilize the full potential of it (just like on 7) there will be people that don't like it and issues that will arise with it.

    Giving Feedback is probably the most important thing you can do to help the product but constant badgering and belligerent comments get you no where and get them no where as well.

    P.S. If you do not like Windows 8, buy and construct your own machine and put 7 on it, most people who know and work on computers all day do this, you might look into it yourself :D.

    First of all, it is not an issue of  change.  This is a forum of technophiles, we are all very much interesting in change.  However, not all change is for the best.  You would need to illustrate to us here as to why (a) the change was needed and (b) the benefits for the change.  We are just not rats in a maze in which somebody has misplaced our cheese!!!

    My comments are not belligerent at all.  I would actually invite you here in this forum to demonstrate the "untold potential" of Win8 (Powershell?  What is different about Powershell in Win8???)

    Monday, December 03, 2012 7:49 PM