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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 martyrant on 10/2/2012 11:10:29 AM , Rating: 2
I do hate the new start menu, but it's a lot less annoying when you have multiple monitors which allows you to use the new start menu minimally.

That said, the improvements in cold boots, restarts, time to sleep and time to wake, memory handling, task manager, file transfers, etc. are much better in Windows 8 than they were in Windows 7.

I still think they should give the user the option to use the old style start menu as the new one is simply a pain in the ass most of the time. Almost everything else I can use just like Windows 7, except the start menu.

Also, launching items from the Start Menu creates like a "Virtual Window" for that program, which is also annoying when you have multiple monitors because there's no reason for Chrome to be isolated when I constantly have it open on one of my 4 monitors.

WTB ORIGINAL START MENU M$, otherwise, you did a pretty good job.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By jjlj on 10/2/2012 11:15:58 AM , Rating: 2
If I could have a tablet with the start menu on it and the monitor connected to the HTPC be strictly a desktop that would be killer.

My computer only goes to sleep and is rebooted very rarely.

I would be ok with windows 8 start screen / tiles if I could specify that when I hit the windows key that the desktop come up as opposed to the start screen. I already pin my frequently used programs and hardly ever go into the control panel or anywhere else so I don't use the start menu much with win 7 as it is.

By martyrant on 10/2/2012 11:56:38 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know what your Windows key does, but mine either brings up the Start Menu if I'm at the desktop or if I tap it while at the Start Menu it brings me to my you ever tried your windows key at all?

By NellyFromMA on 10/2/2012 1:02:48 PM , Rating: 2
Word on the street is Win 8 tablets can interface with Win 8 PC and be used as the start menu. It's a very interesting synergy I'm hoping to hear more on soon.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By kmmatney on 10/2/2012 3:59:07 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sort of glad they didn't have the start menu, as I would have never tried "ClassicShell" if they did. ClassicShell is an opensource program which gives you a start Meni in Windows 8, and best of all you can choose the style - Windows 7, Vista, or even Windows XP. I use the Windows XP style, as it lets me find and launch programs much faster than the newer start menus. It a really nice, unbloated, piece of software.

RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By nikon133 on 10/2/2012 5:11:40 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you on everything, except that I don't mind new start menu. I simply accepted that Start Screen is Start menu, and right-click/all apps button on start screen is All Programs on Win 7 start menu.

I have installed Win 8 on my work PC as soon as it became available to partners. Took me an hour to get used to it (I did an upgrade so all the apps were already there, including taksbar shortcuts etc.), and had a smooth ride ever since. Re start screen, I've configured "Metro" Mail, People, Messages... for my personal email and FB account - work account is on Outlook - and like how I can check new personal emails, FB updates etc by just opening Start Screen. Plus, right-click on lower-left corner is a gift from heaven.

My office desktop cold-boots in 21 seconds, 10 of which is pre-boot (post screen etc.). Awesome.

And have I mentioned right-click on Start Screen corner? Brilliant.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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