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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 Mitch101 on 1/4/2013 2:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
There are things I like and a few benefits but there are a few I don't.

1 - I have Outlook 2013 installed and there are times when I click on e-mail in Windows 8 that its taking me to the mail client built into Windows 8 that I have not configured because I have Office 2013. It should bring me into my Outlook 2013.

2 - I don't like the picture viewer app that built in and when I exit it doesn't bring me back to my previous app/file explorer instead it puts me in the start menu which if you know me start is where programs go to die I work on the desktop with pinned apps I never go to start which is why I wouldn't miss it.

3 - Ive also encountered a few graphics anomalies but after running the latest ATI beta driver that seems to be resolved. Generally its with flash based websites with video playback they eventually hose up the video driver.

The question is are these enough for me to go back to Windows 7 or stick it out on Windows 8? Im on the fence. Ive got 16gigs of ram on this machine so Im not worried about chewing up a few more megs. I believe I notice the scheduler is better in Win 8 than Windows 7.

I suspect Windows 7 is the new Windows XP where most will give it up from their cold dead keyboards.

By Rhonda the Sly on 1/4/2013 4:15:42 PM , Rating: 2
1.) The tile and notifications you're clicking on are for the Mail app, not Outlook. Consider uninstalling the Mail app.

2.) Also consider uninstalling the Photos app.

By Mitch101 on 1/5/2013 8:24:02 AM , Rating: 2
Good idea I think thats my next step instead of trying to force the app.

By Xplorer4x4 on 1/4/2013 8:13:10 PM , Rating: 2
I suspect Windows 7 is the new Windows XP where most will give it up from their cold dead keyboards.

And when Win 9 roles around and remains a hybrid OS, people will love it. Hopefully it get's refined in some areas. One that comes ti mind is choosing windows border text color. Try choosing a black window color, and your explorer UI becomes butchered.

By Sta5h on 1/7/2013 7:34:51 AM , Rating: 2
1) I've seen plenty of people running into this issue, just remember Mail != Outlook. Just right click on the Mail tile and "unpin from start screen".

2) The Windows 8 photo app is horrible, again, uninstall or unpin from start screen.

3) Cant speak for AMD drivers, but the NVIDIA ones are just fine, so I'd imagine the next set of WHQL drivers from AMD should sort out all/most issues. I like my games a lot and am having no issues due to Windows 8 over Windows 7.

Honestly I don't see any problem with anyone sitting out Windows 7 or jumping right on Windows 8. It's all personal preference. However, I do think there are advantages to switching to Windows 8 for the sake of £25 if you can just get over the "No start button, and it's now a screen" thing. It's really not all that big a change once you realise you can still just type in and fine things like that (I've been working that way for 6 years already).

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