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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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The only reason people are complaining ...
By InsGadget on 1/4/2013 3:07:08 PM , Rating: -1
Is because they love to hate on Microsoft. Simple as that.

Windows 8 is fine. Been using it for a month, I'm hardly ever in the start screen, overall it is an upgrade for me over Windows 7.

But please, little girls, continue with your bitching.

By EnzoFX on 1/4/2013 3:31:51 PM , Rating: 2
Do all of you who say you're never on the start screen not realize that it isn't a pro, but a con? Especially to consumers that are on the fence, which is most of them apparently with this low of a market penetration.

RE: The only reason people are complaining ...
By Dextor41 on 1/5/13, Rating: -1
By Piiman on 1/5/2013 11:09:54 AM , Rating: 1
"They're either MS haters or stubborn ignorants."

How do you figure this? I guess if you like it everyone should or their stupid? Maybe its you that is too stupid to realized its fooked to put a tablet UI on a desktop PC.

I had it on my main PC since it was released and guess what? I have now gone back to win 7 as of yesterday and its like coming home after a long trip. It actually put a smile on my face when I saw the Win 7 sign on screen.

And no I don't hate MS but I do hate Apple sorry pirks.
Seriously pirks you're one to talk Mr. iFanboy.

RE: The only reason people are complaining ...
By cyberguyz on 1/6/2013 11:42:05 AM , Rating: 1
Actually I love Win 7. I don't hate Microsoft. I just don't like the direction they are taking Windows after v7.

I understand their desire to have a single OS image for everything, but the simple matter is that UI designs that work great for a tablet/cell phone make using a desktop less productive.

UI's for cell phones and tables lend themselves best to focused activities due to their limited display real estate. A task flipping metaphor works best for them. Desktops and laptops which commonly have monitors anywhere between 15-30" are great for being able to monitor and juggle several tasks at once. You can't do that in a simple task switching paradigm. You can how ever do that in a multi-windowed environment such as the desktop.

I don't hate Microsoft. Why should I, as I make large amounts of money developing software for their operating system. One thing I can tell you is that my clients are NOT beating down my door looking for Windows 8 versions of my software (though it runs very nicely in the Windows 8 desktop -- it just is not a Windows 'app store app' and never will be).

The only thing that will get me to upgrade my Windows 7 further is:

1. Give me the choice of how I want to interact with my system. If I don't want the 'metro' start screen or windows 'Apps' dont install the RT infrastructure.

2. Give me my start button/menu without makking me go to 3rd parties for it.

3. Give my my damn Aero themes back. The desktop looks like it has been reverted all the way back to Windows NT. In short UGLY!!

By KiwiTT on 1/6/2013 2:07:56 PM , Rating: 2
Why didn't Microsoft release two versions like they did with Windows XP. You had Windows XP and Windows XP Tablet Edition. That would have made more sense. They have Windows 8 Phone edition, what is the problem with one extra edition.

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