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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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Windows 8 is fine for me
By corduroygt on 10/2/2012 11:09:14 AM , Rating: 2
I have the RTM installed and it's a better OS than windows 7. I do not even like Microsoft that much but Windows 8 runs so much faster than Windows 7.

And right clicking on the bottom left corner made me forget about the start menu instantly.




RE: Windows 8 is fine for me
By damianrobertjones on 10/2/2012 11:10:40 AM , Rating: 2
Yep! I'm constantly amazed at the negativity towards Windows 8.


RE: Windows 8 is fine for me
By corduroygt on 10/2/2012 11:24:22 AM , Rating: 2
I hated it before trying it as well, not to mention there's always a way to add the start menu back if you want. I didn't bother to add it on mine.


RE: Windows 8 is fine for me
By Trisped on 10/2/2012 8:50:45 PM , Rating: 2
If you use it for a day or two on an x86/x64 device the reasons will become clear.

For the few steps forward, they took some major steps backwards. I do not think anyone would have minded the start screen if they had left the start menu in. If they had provided the start screen with truly equivalent functionality (in addition to the features the start screen brings) I would not mind the change.

There are a number of advantages to Windows 8 over 7, it is just that productivity and ease of use take major hits.


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