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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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Win7 followed a disaster; Win8 didn't...
By voodoobunny on 1/4/2013 1:50:30 PM , Rating: 4
I think one big reason why Win8 is tanking is that it is a radical change to a *successful* and *popular* OS. When Windows 7 came out it was the antidote to Vista (which was horrible), so people flocked to it. Windows 8 instead has a very strong predecessor from which people don't want to upgrade - more like Vista coming after XP.

Windows 9 may have more of a chance if they refine it and market it better.




By Ramstark on 1/4/2013 2:53:03 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you on this one. Win 7 was an antidote, Vista "Fail" was so known to the market that when 7 was called "the solution" for it, everyone and their cats went for it. Win 8 is a real upgrade, something "not needed", like when you change your phone for the new model, does exactly what the previous one did, but better and plus 1 or 2 extra things. So yes, is is going to be a slow adopting cycle and yes, the design also has something to do with it, but NO is not going to be a failure "Windows 9 has to solve"...


RE: Win7 followed a disaster; Win8 didn't...
By dbwells on 1/4/2013 5:57:52 PM , Rating: 3
You're right, and this makes me wonder, did MS mess up Windows 8... ON PURPOSE?

I can imagine the laughter in those meetings as they tried to think of ways to make it as bad as possible, but not so bad that people would catch on to their little charade. "Hey, I got one, let's see if we can make an interface with 16 colors! HAR HAR HAR!"

Then Windows 9 rides in like a white knight in a year or two and totally cleans up. Hmmmm...


By JediJeb on 1/4/2013 8:32:54 PM , Rating: 2
To me it is like replacing the steering wheel in a car with a joystick. Both work but one everyone is used to and the other is just something different for the purpose of being different.


By ven1ger on 1/10/2013 4:40:38 PM , Rating: 2
Whether on purpose or not, it's just Microsoft history repeating itself.

Remember the failures with windows Millenium (sp?), and Vista.

I think it's just MS rushing a product to market, thinking they know what's best for consumers, then when the consumers fail to bite, they regroup, lop off some heads (figuratively), and then review what consumers were griping about and then put that into their their next release. Such as Win XP and Win 7.


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