Windows 8 Early Adoption is Well Behind Pace Set by Windows 7
October 2, 2012 10:18 AM
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Windows 8 not at popular as Windows 7 so far
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.
went RTM in August and will launch this month.
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Not surprising at all
10/2/2012 12:06:29 PM
Regardless of the merits of Win8 (or the lack thereof), the simple fact of the matter is most companies I deal with have just begrudgingly started their XP->Win7 upgrade cycle having held off on Vista. One CFO told me that straight up that XP was the best investment they made and he is looking for many years of Win7 usage. That coupled with the fact that Win7 is very highly regarded will result in much slower Win8 uptake rates. Those looking to bury Win8 will seize on any numbers that seem to support their point, but the slopes of these charts has a lot more to do with economics of IT procurement cycles than whether the new OS is a failure or not.
RE: Not surprising at all
10/2/2012 4:33:43 PM
If it wasn't for new hardware with quadcore processors we would be in the same boat. We still have a good percentage that will stay on XP until we can kill our Novel system. Prior to our 7 roll out we upgraded to SCCM for imaging and I love it.
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