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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 superPC on 1/4/2013 10:07:28 PM , Rating: 3
I think you're missing the point here. Vast majority of people who think win 8 UI is horrific are all power user or heavy user like you and I. I hate win 8 ui when i have a lot of stuff to do. Having brought up start screen that obscured all that i'm working on just to launched something to support what i'm working on is jarring & uncomfortable. Having stuff that has to run full screen, half screen, 1/3 screen or 2/3 screen is highly limiting (i'm talking about metro apps obviously).

Then I gave an Iconia w510 to my parents & they loved it. They got to do the stuff they usually does with a better interface and more mobile device. Than i realize it's more fun to use start screen and metro apps for fun stuff.

Win 8 UI is awesome for a majority of regular jane and joes. The only problem is pricing. It's priced way to high. Wait a while when we have Haselwell and Silvermont/ValleyView with better performance and better power consumption. At that time maybe dell, acer, hp, lenovo, toshiba, sony, and all the other would realize that just because it has a touchscreen doesn't mean it can be sold at ipad level of pricing, even if it has better performance and power consumption.

PC is always about quantity over pricing. If last year anyone can buy core i3 laptop at ipad price than it should also be true this year even if the i3 has a touchscreen and win 8. The sooner they realize that, the better it is for them.


By Piiman on 1/5/2013 9:58:22 AM , Rating: 3
"Having stuff that has to run full screen, half screen, 1/3 screen or 2/3 screen is highly limiting "

I love how MS touts this as a feature. LOL run Two, count'em,Two apps at once. Hopefully one app is designed to run in a 3 inch wide screen!


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