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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 Mitch101 on 10/2/2012 12:01:05 PM , Rating: 3
The difference is WMC doesnt ship with Windows 8 you have to download it Microsoft was going to charge a fee for it since its rarely used but later decided to make it a free download.

How to add Media Center to Windows 8 Release Preview
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57445533-75/how-...

Im about to explore doing this as an HTPC option.

I use WMC with a Silicon Dust Dual HD tuner with a cheap antenna hiding in my attic. WMC is excellent at recording video and the guide I dont want to give that up.

With that I love XBMC you can add it as a menu option on your WMC menu
http://xbmcwmc.teknowebworks.com/

Be sure to add the additional ones at the bottom of that link

HULU Desktop Integration 2.1 - HULU Windows Media Center Integration
Boxee Integration 2.1 - Boxee Windows Media Center Integration
My Music At Home - Leave your MP3s at home and listen to them through a web browser

I plan on using an X-Box 360 controller with the USB wireless adapter and adding the gaming option under XBMC
http://lifehacker.com/5523672/turn-your-xbmc-media...

If your into WMC you know it recently lost support for items like CBS but Im hoping that someone will pick up the ball and make it a add on for XBMC for easy navigation but who knows we could see an x-box pluging as well.


RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By jjlj on 10/2/2012 12:25:36 PM , Rating: 2
I couldn't add WMC to the Win 8 Pro RTM. Not sure it you can now or not.

As a DVR and guide WMC works perfectly for watching OTA channels.

Have you tried the Free Cable plugin for XBMC? I never watched any of the CBS videos in WMC.


RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By Mitch101 on 10/2/2012 2:46:26 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't loaded the RTM yet I just got the hardware together for it but it seems that WMC will be available again for Win 8 on launch (Oct 26th). I recall hearing the same as you and yelling NOoooo but someone told me Microsoft changed their stance and its a download now. They were gonna charge $12.95 for it but decided to make it free.

Totally agree WMC as a DVR is great. Some of the TV networks made it easy to access content like Big Brother and a bunch of other shows in WMC but now you have to go to their websites for the streaming content.

No haven't tried the free cable plugin for XBMC Ive seen some very interesting things on it like torrent tv which might be interesting. I haven't used it much since the X-Box 1 days.

From what I understand there are No changes to it since Win 7 because its not popular. I really have no problem just running Windows 7 with WMC if needed especially since nothing changed in WMC with Windows 8.

What else I liked about WMC is it synced shows well with my Phone it recoded it to a format that was small and also that it works with the X-Box 360.


RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By kmmatney on 10/2/2012 3:53:13 PM , Rating: 1
It's not exactly free if you have to buy the Pro version of Win8 to get it.


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