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Windows 7 had more than 10 times the usage at this point in its lifecycle

Three weeks after its 2009 launch, Windows 7 had seized 4 percent of the operating system (OS) market, and would go on to become the fastest selling OS in Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) history.  Three years later and Microsoft has another release -- Windows 8.  But some signs point to the operating system as being a sales bust, early on.

Microsoft had bragged weeks ago that it had sold 40 million licenses, a number that it said surpassed sales of Windows 7 for an equivalent period in 2009.  But some complained that license sales were not actual device sales; they cite reports of Windows 8 computers languishing on store shelves.

Now the critics have ammo to back those claims. Market research group Net Applications, a research service that tracks traffic across 8,000 affiliates' sites and 3 million registered users, reports that Windows 8 at the end of December accounted for a mere 1.72 percent of traffic.  

In other words, after two months Windows 8 appears to have about a third of market share Windows 7 garnered in less than one month.  By two months into its lifecycle, Windows 7 has soared to 21 percent of the market's traffic (Windows 7 is now the top PC OS with 45 percent of traffic).
 
Windows 8 Surface
Windows 8's adoption pace appears to be more sluggish than Windows Vista's.
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Windows 8's numbers look more like those of Windows Vista -- but even a bit worse.  Vista posted about 2.2 percent of the total traffic at the same 2-month point, about a third more than Windows 8's percentage [source].

Merle McIntosh, a product manager SVP at top online computer retailer Newegg, was cautious in his criticism, confirming that Windows 8 "did not explode" onto the market. But he remains hopeful, noting that sales have been slowly creeping upward.

Windows 8 is an incredibly bold redesign on the part on Microsoft.  While, the move to a more touch-friendlygraphically rich operating system certainly mirrors the general direction of the device market, but that has done little to shield Microsoft from loads of criticism. Many have wondered whether it went too far with the graphical gloss, whether it was disrespecting developers with its shift to a walled-garden "Windows Store" app distribution model, and whether it was forsaking traditional desktop power users.

So will Windows 8 be the next Vista sales wise?  The critics certainly would say so.  But at this point it's kind of early to say; about all that's safe to say is that the picture might not be as rosy as Microsoft wanted you to believe.

Sources: Net Applications, ComputerWorld, ReadWriteWeb



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RE: They should have learned....
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/4/2013 1:18:38 PM , Rating: 4
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I would say hold out for "Windows 9", but by the time they get that out the door, Microsoft will be totally irrelevant in the market!
Ok Tony...

MS isn't going anywhere and certainly not anytime soon.


RE: They should have learned....
By Argon18 on 1/4/13, Rating: 0
RE: They should have learned....
By Maiyr on 1/4/2013 3:45:55 PM , Rating: 2
Define "much longer" in this context please.

Maiyr


RE: They should have learned....
By ven1ger on 1/10/2013 4:55:47 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft will not be gone for awhile because it is too big to give up right away. But they are losing relevancy in terms of tablets and smartphones. Android and Apple are the predominant players in the tablet and smartphone market, Microsoft is trying to push into this market, and there trying to ram Windows 8 down the throats of MS users to get the penetration (marketshare) they wanted may hurt them in the long run specifically in the tablet and smartphone marketplace. I can understand what they were trying to do but I don't know if it was a good idea. If you start pissing off your base, they'll look for alternatives and that in the long term isn't doing Microsoft any good as there are lots of competition out there that have better software and better equipment but just don't have the Microsoft penetration or the lock-in that Microsoft has on a lot of companies, but once those companies move away from Microsoft they don't usually come back to Microsoft.


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