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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: will windows 9 be the same?
By StevoLincolnite on 10/2/2012 11:29:20 AM , Rating: 4
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It's business as usual with Windows 8 and nothing has been taken away.


Except... Gadgets, Aero (Which I like the look of personally!), Start Menu (Meh. Doesn't bother me.), removal of DVD codecs, Media Center is now a downloadable program if you have the Pro version or higher, DVD maker is gone, Blue-screens of death show allot less information...

For dual-booters, the ability to directly boot into another OS besides Windows 8 is slowed down because the new Windows 8 boot shell/loader reboots to load the other operating system.

Internet Explorer won't run in a pure 64-bit mode unless enhanced protected mode is enabled which disables your addons, otherwise tabs are 32bit.

You are also no longer told when new updates are available when on the Desktop, you have to check manually or go into Metro which can be a security risk.

The Ribben interface actually removes allot of options and features like Compatibility Files, View Remote Printers etc and others for special folders and namespace extensions and is much much more difficult to use with only just a keyboard.

The "Compatibility" option for an application's properties does not include "Windows 2000" and "Windows NT 4.0" options anymore.

So yes, some things have been taken away, mostly of which are unimportant in the business world.

However, I intend to throw Windows 7 on all my systems except for my main gaming rig running Eyefinity, Metro' just isn't as efficient on the desktop as the Windows GUI, you can't run several dozen programs and have them spread around your screens in positions you want.

Also that built in email App? Take a look at the wasted space that could have been used to actually make it useful in metro.

Just remember though, companies listen to money not consumers, so if Windows 8 isn't a big hit, they may just throw metro out the Window when Windows 9 comes along and keep Metro in it's mobile SKU's like Tablets, Phones etc'.


By damianrobertjones on 10/2/2012 11:49:19 AM , Rating: 2
Good points there.


RE: will windows 9 be the same?
By FastEddieLB on 10/2/2012 11:59:21 AM , Rating: 2
Uh, what? Aero is still there last I checked, I don't know what you're talking about.

The rest is true though.


RE: will windows 9 be the same?
By inighthawki on 10/2/2012 6:09:50 PM , Rating: 2
He was referring to glass, a common mistake that a lot of people make because it was more often than not referred to as Aero to distinguish the themes in Vista/7 - Aero vs Aero Lite.


RE: will windows 9 be the same?
By Pirks on 10/2/12, Rating: -1
By StevoLincolnite on 10/2/2012 12:57:02 PM , Rating: 2
Gadgets are dead to me when I stop using them, I find them highly useful, especially the notepad gadget.

Secondly, I don't stream movies because that costs me money, here in Australia we have Data caps on all our internet connections if you didn't know.
Besides, I like to have a Physical copy of all my movies and games, anything wrong with that? Nope, my choice though.

I did mention Media center was available as a download, but I shouldn't have to download it or even repeat that I mentioned it to begin with.

I haven't had a Blue-screen with Windows 7 or 8 yet, however when the time comes, it would be nice to be able to have all the information available so I can diagnose it.

As for using that homophobic insult... Grow up, Pirks.


RE: will windows 9 be the same?
By GoodBytes on 10/2/2012 12:36:03 PM , Rating: 2
I agree fully with you, and to add:

No more XP Mode.
Well you have Hyper-V, but you need a Windows XP license. That means businesses or school which are forced to use some old software that isn't updated (no newer version exists), can make Win8 switch difficult.

Personally, the Start Screen I like a lot. And XP Mode, I really don't care.


RE: will windows 9 be the same?
By Moishe on 10/3/2012 4:30:41 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed completely. I understand the need for action in the tablet space. I agree with it and expect it... but I expect the interface on top of Windows to be selectable to fit the working mode.

MS actually does a good job of innovating, so I think the evolution will be successful. It will just take time.


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