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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 Arsynic on 10/2/2012 10:56:45 AM , Rating: 1
In my opinion, it doesn't suck. I love that the Start Menu has been replaced by the Start Screen and all of my applications work. When I'm on the desktop, it's just like I'm using Windows 7.

And that may be the problem. For people running Windows 7, there's no reason to format and install Windows 8 unless you have a touchscreen AIO PC. Windows 7 is fine for most vanilla PCs.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By jjlj on 10/2/2012 11:11:38 AM , Rating: 2
I really see the benefit to win 8 on a touch screen device. For me on the HTPC it was more of a hassle. I really can't wait to see it on a tablet or convertible laptop.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By Mitch101 on 10/2/2012 12:06:41 PM , Rating: 4
2 Minutes hope this helps solve all your navigation needs

If you like keyboard shortcuts:
WinKey = Toggle between metro and desktop mode
WinKey + F = File manager
WinKey + D? = Desktop mode (Windows 7)
WinKey + W = Apps List
WinKey + I = Settings and customization panel
WinKey + L = Lock screen
WinKey + X = Administrative tools
WinKey + C = Right panel (Settings, Search, Share)

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By jjlj on 10/2/2012 12:29:11 PM , Rating: 2
I generally use keyboard shortcuts, especially win key + L at work. I'll have to keep those in mind next time I use win 8. Thanks!

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By Mitch101 on 10/2/2012 2:50:47 PM , Rating: 2
No prob. Like most I hated Win 8 when I first started using it I kept doing the mouse scroll wheel and getting annoyed it took a little training but now I like it a lot.

Think this weekend I'll try and install the RTM version and make it official.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By nikon133 on 10/2/2012 5:25:11 PM , Rating: 4
Or you can right-click on Start Screen corner (low-left).

Uber-geek menu will give you following options:

Programs and Features
Power Options
Event Viewer
Device Manager
Disk Management
Computer Management
Command Prompt
Command Prompt (Admin)
Task Manager
Control Panel
File Explorer

I don't know if there are pre-requirements (part of domain, local admin rights..?) or if this menu is always there... but it is brilliant.

I know this is completely personal opinion, but: I'd rather upgrade my home Pc to Win 8, than downgrade my office PC back to Win 7.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By Belard on 10/2/2012 6:37:44 PM , Rating: 2
Like... WOW. A "touch based" UI that requires a keyboard to bloody use. Do you see the logic in this?

So what worked fine before with a mouse, now requires a keyboard, mouse and maybe touch screen?

This is why Windows8 = fail. Its a crappy design.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By nafhan on 10/2/2012 11:35:46 AM , Rating: 1
For people running Windows 7, there's no reason to format and install Windows 8 unless you have a touchscreen AIO PC. Windows 7 is fine for most vanilla PCs.
Exactly. Windows 8 really just isn't aimed at upgraders, it'll be most useful for new systems (especially touchscreens and tablets), and I think that's fine. I do think, however, that Metro apps will start becoming the norm at some point, and Win 7 users will probably want to upgrade then. That point is years away, and probably will coincide with the release of Windows 9.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By dark matter on 10/2/2012 11:39:14 AM , Rating: 2
All of your applications work on Windows 7.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By kmmatney on 10/2/2012 4:04:18 PM , Rating: 2
The built-in email App is terrible on the desktop...Holy cow! Lots of wasted space, and you have to go a loooong way to select and then delete a message. totally made for tablets, but terrible on a desktop with 24" screen.

By inighthawki on 10/2/2012 6:05:23 PM , Rating: 2
Then don't use it?

By NellyFromMA on 10/2/2012 1:00:56 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly, I think this is effectively MS's silent approach. They have THE best desktop OS hands down in Win 7. It's indisputable even. Why would they REALLY have to (once again) shove another desktop OS down our throats that we DONT EVEN NEED.

They never said they aren't selling Win 7 anymore. If you have it, you don't get it taken away. The WPF/SVG design language isn't going away going forward.

Truth is, Win 7 is NOT GOOD ON MOBILE DEVICES. They tried, they failed.

So, why not make the best mobile OS? They tried, I'm betting the scuceeeded. No one has ANYTHING negative to say about Win8 as a mobile OS. Rave reviews actually.

So guess what? Now MS has the BEST DESKTOP OS (Win 7) and the best mobile OS soon-to-be IMO any many others (Win 8).

Sounds like a win strategy to me. Why peoples heads implode on this topic is beyond me.

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