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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 reason
By Maiyr on 1/4/2013 3:36:19 PM , Rating: 2
ding ding ding and we have a winner folks. You nailed it! Microsoft, like any company that wants to stay in business, designs for the 95%. Why would they give a crap about 5% of their users. 5% of their users don't pay the bills, 95% does. Smart business makes the majority happy at the expense of the minority. Kind of the opposite of our gov't. :)


RE: The only reason
By Vytautas on 1/4/2013 3:46:41 PM , Rating: 2
It's possible. But if we start doing things for the lowest common denominator the situation will only deteriorate, as people will just keep getting stupider :). Besides I can't consider that an acomplishment, that an operating system is only good for begginers, computer illiterate and non professional people. In other words a desktop operating system designed only for content consumption, not creation. Does Microsoft really want to leave the enterprise and professional markets it has been entrenched for so long? Just to become "another ran" in mobile space? If they could have separate OS production lines (windows NT and windows 9x) fifteen years ago, why can't they do the same now? Seeing as windows blue will continue the stupid UI design of windows 8 It seems most advanced users and professionals will have to stay with windows 7 for another few years or slowly migrate to osx or linux.

RE: The only reason
By Prime2515103 on 1/4/2013 8:27:14 PM , Rating: 3
But if we start doing things for the lowest common denominator the situation will only deteriorate, as people will just keep getting stupider

Welcome to America.

RE: The only reason
By Piiman on 1/5/2013 10:48:24 AM , Rating: 2
You do know they sell this around the world don't you?

RE: The only reason
By Motoman on 1/4/2013 5:53:12 PM , Rating: 2
...the problem being that in this case, there's only about 5% who think the new UI is any good.

It is definitely Fisher-Price. But easier to use?

Not at all. I have met *no one* who likes it - at all. None.

As you can see, there's a few idiots running around here spewing about how great it is - but in the real world? *Everyone* is running away from it.

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