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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: The only thing that interests me in Windows 8
By BrgMx5 on 1/4/2013 2:10:21 PM , Rating: 3
It´s not just unfamiliar and counter-intuitive, it's also inconsistent.

The same action (ie scrolling to a said point) doesn't always yields the same result (dropping menu or other).

It´s confusing as sh!t.

Sometimes you drop back to the old desktop, sometimes you don't.

The app store is a piece of sh!t, (some apps don't work until an upgrade that doesn't start).

It looks like OSX designed by blind people. I like the UI in phones, but it´s not for desktop.

RE: The only thing that interests me in Windows 8
By Nortel on 1/4/2013 2:27:40 PM , Rating: 2
OSX is the most intuitive OS I've come across after using Windows for 20 years. MS could have taken W7 and added the non GUI changes in W8 and it would have sold without issue. Once they start down the drastic UI change road, it confuses people and that's never good for a first impression.

By TakinYourPoints on 1/5/2013 3:46:24 AM , Rating: 1
OS X has the fastest and most logical UI out there, purpose built for multitasking on multiple actual and virtual desktops. Windows 7 is great but there's a reason why W7 is basically a Steam launcher for me while I use OS X for actual work these days.

By Breathless on 1/4/2013 2:50:16 PM , Rating: 2
"OSX designed by blind people".

I actually lol'd at that one.

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