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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 W00dmann on 1/4/2013 3:24:43 PM , Rating: 4
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You can point all fingers for the failure of Win8 at one issue - that UI.


Totally agree. It defies all rational explanation as to how Microsoft could have come up with something as ugly, garish, and EGA-inspired as that UI. Not only that, but they force it down everybody's throat (typical Microsoft) a la "we know what's best for you, shut up and use it, you'll like it". As a home user, I see no benefit to Windows 8 whatsoever and I will never upgrade to it. Period.


By geekman1024 on 1/4/2013 9:41:56 PM , Rating: 2
They just want to save the money they'd have spend on hiring Graphics Artist. Any chimpanzee with basic knowledge of point and click using a mouse can come up with those icons used in the Metro themes. Just give the chimp a computer with either CorelDraw or Fireworks already launched and a few hours later, you will have a plethora of Metro style Icons and UI graphics ready to use.


By gorehound on 1/5/2013 10:35:33 AM , Rating: 2
The people at MS are only smelling money but this time they will have a real big failure.
The World is not going to just revolve around people using smart phones, ETC.
I only own a fliptop and use it as a phone and nothing else.Nor do I ever care about doing my Computing on some small hand held type Device.
I am like many other Users who love Desktops and know how they Work so we do work good with our Machines.
MS Blew it big time on this one.
And yes I did try it out and even bought this mess for 14.99
It is not going to go back on my machine.


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