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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 kleinma on 10/2/2012 12:06:05 PM , Rating: 2
Im in the minority? MS statistics showed that something like 1% of windows users ever even opened WMC, and then it was said that something like 50% of that 1% never opened it twice. If it was popular and used by lots of people, it wouldn't have been yanked from the OS. It will be available from the app store for free to pro users at some point around RTM, mostly so people can't complain that a function from win7 upgrades was removed.

I used WMC for a long time as a HTPC solution, and it was horrible for me. I don't use a tuner card, I have a personal home collection of movies and shows (which WMC can't even ff/rw on) then I switches to XBMC and was pissed at myself for not using it sooner. There are dozens of plugins to get streaming content from the web, auto DB popultation of video/audio meta data from online databases, etc.. it just works in every way better than WMC. I can't speak to tuner card capabilities (since in the US most are crippled, and cablecard is just waiting to die) but everything else sucks about WMC


RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By jjlj on 10/2/2012 12:26:57 PM , Rating: 2
I've heard about those statistics before and thought about it, but I think they may be flawed. How does MS know I use WMC? I didn't turn anonymous reporting and generally opt out of any kind of anonymous reporting for programs that crash. So the numbers may be a little skewed.

There are some pretty active discussions about WMC on various forum sites.


RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By p05esto on 10/2/2012 5:17:06 PM , Rating: 2
VERY good point. Most all power users turn off all reporting functions. MS has no clue what the power users do with their computers - none. I hope MS realizes that people who know turn off all tracking ans tats gathering.


RE: Because it is terrible, IMO...
By DFranch on 10/2/2012 9:45:44 PM , Rating: 2
If all you use it for is to stream movies, there are better options out there then Media Center. I used Sage TV for years, but when they sold out to Google, I switched to MCE. I have 4 clear QAM and 4 Cablecard tuners. I can record virtually any channel local or cable. You can't do that with XBMC since it doesn't support cablecard. I also use my Xbox as a media extender so I don't have to have a noisy computer sitting in my family room. Can XBMC do that? Now since XBMC is useless to me, that doesn't mean it sucks, it just means MCE is the better option for me just like XBMC is a better option for you.


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