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Windows 8 not at popular as Windows 7 so far

Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 8 operating system. The software giant is hoping that Windows 8 will bring a slew of consumers upgrading from older computers and older versions of its operating system. Microsoft is also betting that Windows 8 will get a strong foothold in the tablet market as well
So far, users are currently five times less likely to be running Windows 8 as they were Windows 7 at the same point before its launch. The new statistics come from research firm Net Applications and indicate a lukewarm reception of the Windows 8 operating system by consumers.
Windows 7 was a follow-up to Windows Vista, which was one of the more maligned versions of Microsoft's operating system in recent years. Windows 7 lured many upgraders not only from Vista, but from the older XP operating system as well. Windows 8 doesn't have the luxury of following an unloved version of Windows like Windows 7.
The statistics offered by Net Applications only count computer users who installed preview versions of Windows 8 and preview versions of Windows 7. The statistics are believed to provide a clear indication of consumer interest in the operating system rather than a desire or need for new computer hardware.
In September, only 0.33% of all computers using Windows relied on Windows 8. That works out to 33 out of every 10,000 Windows machines using Windows 8. By the end of September 2009, with very similar time remaining before the launch of Windows 7, the operating system accounted for 1.64% of all Windows PCs working out to 164 out of every 10,000 units. 
Analysts are beginning to believe that Microsoft won't see the uptick in OS sales that it hoped for with Windows 8. Gartner recently advised clients that it predicts the operating system would top out at only 20 to 25% share in the corporate environment. 
Windows 8 went RTM in August and will launch this month.

Source: ComputerWorld

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Unhappy or Happy
By Misty Dingos on 10/2/2012 10:43:22 AM , Rating: 4
This is pretty simple to understand. If you are a corporate client of MS operating systems you don't change unless it benefits you.

In the highly regulated and software integrated pharma sector there are many companies still using XP. No benefit to upgrade to Vista or Win 7. Windows 8 with its catchy interface is going to leave this sector cold. And if the new OS can't be used with validated software without rework and revalidation it will simply not be used until there is no other option.

Windows 8 is so obviously different the only place it will get adopted is day care centers. Its eye catching colors and playful interface will be a big hit there.

RE: Unhappy or Happy
By damianrobertjones on 10/2/2012 11:01:24 AM , Rating: 1
Maybe the 'Pharma' business sectors will learn that they can now present their 'facilities' using the new interface and have the rest of the computer locked down via policy.

Thing of the advantages AS WELL as the negatives.

RE: Unhappy or Happy
By tastyratz on 10/2/2012 11:32:46 AM , Rating: 2
there are always new features and advantages in a newer version of msos. Difference here is that the cost to recertify applications with legal and medical implications will far outweigh the benefits of upgrading.
Windows 8 brings far less to the table than windows 7. Microsoft always seems to gather an every other release upgrade cycle on major upgrades typically by users. Win 7 is a BIG upgrade to xp. win 8 is NOT to win 7.
Win 7 really brought a lot to the table vs xp without the problems and stigma of vista. With microsoft's new micro release plan dare I say we might see 3 generation skips?

The only reason many companies ditch xp at all is new hardware support as well as security patching support schedules.
We have an interesting road ahead

RE: Unhappy or Happy
By ctodd on 10/2/2012 1:42:22 PM , Rating: 2
I work at a government agency with an ms enterprise agreement and we have already decided to skip Windows 8 entirely! We're usually on top of all the updated software, but Windows 8 is a no go. I'm hoping the metro fad dies soon. I've switched to VS 2012 which uses metro as well and although it is a better tool, the metro theme is crap.

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