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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 simsony on 1/5/2013 1:23:37 PM , Rating: 5
I was initially positive about Windows 8, especially with the speed bump but I now find the new UI getting in the way.

I've been using it since launch, my desktop and taskbar is now very cluttered. I cannot switch between apps as easily as Windows 7. I always have to have a hand on the keyboard, it's like using a broken command line interface.

I think if there was a boot to desktop option, a start search bar on the desktop itself, and if the apps bar showed all apps, not just metro apps, it would at least be functional. Also the hot spot stuff should probably only be triggered for metro apps.

Windows 8 is a tablet OS. That's the reality.
For desktop users, even with all the improvements, the effective user experience is a step backwards. I don't see why desktop users have to suffer because the iPad is doing so well.

This is a fail on Microsoft's part. Win8 will probably earn a reputation worse than Vista.


By acturbo on 1/13/2013 1:45:01 PM , Rating: 2
imo, MS should have just upgraded the icons of the old destkop to be Tiles. That's it. Not complicated. This would eliminated the dual Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde schizophrenic dual desktop (new Live Tiles vs old Desktop Icons) and it would have given Windows an interesting fresh interface for users and developers alike. Instead, they released 2 desktops, that offer 2 drastically different experiences, not to mention 2 programming APIs (Win32/64 vs WinRT). It's a mess at all levels. And unlike how Win7 fixed Vista, I don't see how Win9 will be able to fix Win8's blunders.


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