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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 people are complaining ...
By Dextor41 on 1/5/2013 8:39:35 AM , Rating: -1
They're either MS haters or stubborn ignorants. Before Win8's launch I was EXTREMELY skeptical about the metro interface and I didn't think that I'd like Win8 very much. Big buttons in full screen instead of a nicely cascaded and organized menu. When RTM of Win8 became available on MSDN, I installed it on my laptop just to have a look at it. I instantly changed my opinion. Yes, the start screen was not very appealing at fist, but the desktop is MUCH better than it was on Win7, the OS consumes less memory, file copying/moving is much better, it is faster and nicer than Win7 (and I liked Win7 very much). Now, after I learned how to use the start screen and metro apps (it wasn't very difficult to learn at all), I kinda like it as well. Obviously, you don't really need to use the start screen very often (if at all). Windows boots to it, but then you just press win+d or click that large tile called "Desktop" and look, you're in desktop! I use Windows 8 on my main PC as well now. My start screen is 90% full of desktop stuff, so I just go to start screen, quickly find the thing I want to launch (finding it is very easy because the tiles are quite big), launch it and that's it! To me, after a short while of learning to use it, Win8 IS BETTER than Win7. I spend many hours a day in front of my PC and Win8 feels more natural and intuitive to me than any OS now (I have no experience with MacOS though). Even the metro apps, once you learn how to use them, they're not that bad. Even without touch interface. I use the metro mail and calendar apps that come with Win8 and I like their simplicity and clean UI. I agree that having two UIs in one OS is kinda schizophrenic, but then again, if you don't like one of them, you can just stick with the other one and stay with it for 95% of the time. I like metro now, but I still spend 90% of the time I use my PC in Desktop. Windows 8 has, of course, it's flaws, but most of them are inherited from previous versions of the OS (not remembering folder icon size etc.). If people opened their eyes and minds, I bet they would like Windows 8. From what I have read on the Internet, metro is here to stay and the start menu is not coming back anyway...

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.

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