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  (Source: ComputerWorld)
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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RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By damianrobertjones on 10/2/2012 10:55:52 AM , Rating: 3
Your personal opinion on WMC is NOT shared. Sorry.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By andrewaggb on 10/2/2012 12:26:49 PM , Rating: 2
I really liked WMC as well. We can't use cablecard in canada (afaik) so we're stuck with pvr's from our tv providers or recording analog cable..., which means I don't really have a use for WMC anymore. I'm using plex.

I also had problems with WMC not seeing all my content sometimes which was really annoying.

I think MS really dropped the ball on WMC support in windows 7 (could have been so much more) and then abandoned it for windows 8 (more or less). WMC was way ahead of it's time, just now appletv, googletv, netflix, etc is all finally becoming mainstream. Seems silly that MS abandons it now.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By Varun on 10/2/2012 1:57:22 PM , Rating: 2
You can also use a Hauppauge Colossus to capture HD TV in Canada. It's not ideal, but it's what I do.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By EnzoFX on 10/2/2012 1:59:06 PM , Rating: 1
MS dropping a push for WMC makes complete sense.

This from someone that used it heavily. However it is painfully obvious that it was always a niche product, and it's one that is shrinking quickly. With people dropping their cable/satellite subscriptions for online services, coupled with overall desktop use, with the rise of tablets/smarter phones, etc. The user of tuners with computers is dropping. It's a dying niche. I'd rather they get out of it so they can focus on things that matter, though they seem to be dropping the ball on those things as well... sigh.

I don't see Win8 doing too well, maybe in their low end stuff that's arm based and priced comparable to Android/iPad offerings. In the high end, I don't see it since Ultrabooks have always seemed a tough sell to me (overpriced).

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By EnzoFX on 10/2/2012 2:14:13 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, and on the other end, people that do stick with their cable/satellite subscriptions, their dvr offerings have caught up significantly in terms of overall features, so they too are sticking more to what their providers give them.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By andrewaggb on 10/2/2012 2:33:18 PM , Rating: 3
But I think MS could have evolved the WMC concept, built it into tv's, got it into pvr's etc. Stuff like airplay, netflix, etc could all have been in WMC years ago and licensed etc. To me it's just another market MS dabbled in (like tablets) before it's time, only half committed to, and ultimately finds itself an insignificant player.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By EnzoFX on 10/2/2012 4:12:25 PM , Rating: 1
but it would still be a shrinking niche. Only now is that stuff solidly in TV's, and only android is making headways with certain tv manufacturers, because it's free probably (apple TV and set top boxes are a niche, apple always says it's their pet project). It's just a tough marriage, coming from a computing side, and trying to merge it into another companies' manufacturing side. That's probably the challenge, and that's probably why Win never had their own phone or tablet, etc.

Nevertheless I agree, it's a lack of commitment, though I wish this uphill battle would have significant results for those that are fighting it. I want serious headway made here by such players, but I do realize it's an uphill battle for them, that most don't have the stomach for. Think about TV's and set top boxes. 90% of people use the boxes their providers give them, and TV's are purchased every few years, and they're not very update friendly, they end up connecting them again, to whatever they happen to subscribe to, or maybe a console. The rise of the smarter console is also to blame here haha. They too can offer many of those services. So again, it's a dying niche. They should update it in a serious way for the Xbox maybe. Get the market that way, then offer their own set top boxes and spin it off into tv integration.

By NellyFromMA on 10/2/2012 3:07:15 PM , Rating: 2

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