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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.
[Image Source: Microsoft]

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: duh
By kingmotley on 1/4/2013 2:31:00 PM , Rating: 2
Please point me in the direction of a laptop/notebook with:
Core i5 Processor
4GB of RAM
1920x1080 (FullHD) screen
For $399 - or $499 - even $599.

RE: duh
By kingmotley on 1/4/2013 2:58:45 PM , Rating: 2
Cheapest on $1,428.99
Cheapest on $1,149.99
Cheapest on $829.00
Cheapest on Amazon 2 : $848.00

So add in a few $ for SSD, touch screen, web cams, etc and you're way over the *Retail* price of $899 for a surface pro.

RE: duh
By superflex on 1/4/13, Rating: 0
RE: duh
By Helbore on 1/4/2013 4:03:51 PM , Rating: 2
You are comparing new products to a refurbished product? You just proved his point that you won't be able to find a similar laptop, if the best you could pull up was a refurb unit.

People who are expecting i5 tablets at iPad prices are just being ridiculous.

RE: duh
By superflex on 1/4/2013 3:10:46 PM , Rating: 2
Look at the Inspiron 15R Special Editions on the Dell outlet. Wait for a 20% or 25% off coupon. They come out at least once a month.
I'm looking at one right now for $749 with Core i5, 6 gigs RAM, Radeon 7730M dedicated graphics and 1080 display. With coupon well under $599.
Next time, try doing your homework.

RE: duh
By 91TTZ on 1/4/2013 4:02:31 PM , Rating: 3
That's not really a fair comparison, though.

This tablet's i5 processor will be slower than a laptop's i5 processor, and quite a bit slower than a desktop i5 processor. Just because they have the same name doesn't mean that they'll be similar in performance.

For instance, the fastest desktop Sandy Bridge i5 is 3.4 Ghz, has 4 cores, and 6 MB L3 cache compared to the fastest laptop Sandy Bridge i5 that is 2.8 Ghz, has 2 cores, and 3 MB L3 cache. You can get a desktop Sandy Bridge i3 that is 3.3 Ghz, has 2 cores, and 3 MB L3 cache.

These tablets will most likely have an even slower version of the chip that's specially made for them.

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