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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.
[Image Source: Microsoft]

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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By cyberguyz on 1/6/2013 11:25:42 AM , Rating: 3
"If you are going to say something like "They also f**ked uup the actual desktop as well." then you could at least elaborate on what you mean. Minus a start button, my desktop is exactly the same as the windows 7 one. "

Are you blind? Where is the Aero theme. For that matter where is ANY desktop theme? What they replaced the Aero theme with is this flat-color with absolutely no character at all. In short they replaced the Aero desktop with Win-7's "lite" desktop and gave you no way to enhance it t all.

Start menu gone. Before you say the Win 8 start menu is soooo much better, realize you have to endure a jarring swap OUT OF the desktop to get to it. Also realize the Win 8 start panel is absoutely desktop UN-friendly.

Win7's start menu is at least still on the desktop. I don't have to LEAVE THE DESKTOP.

Say what you want about the desktop gadgets in Win-7, but I like them and have a system powerful enough to support them. Does Win8 have them? Nope.

What about Media Center? I opted to upgrade Win 7 Ultimate to Win 8 Pro. Guess what, no Media Center. Microsoft now wants you to pay extra for that. Why should I have to? I had it in Win 7 Ulti. When I upgrade Win 7 ulti, i expect that to be upgraded too. I didn't get MORE like I would expect with an upgrade software. I got less!

The start menu and gadgets issues can be resolved by jumping thru some 3rd party hoops. The missing media center can be 'purchased' from microsoft. But why should I have to? Just to get that lame Metro garbage? I don't even like it.

So did Microsoft fuckup the Win 8 desktop? Damn right they did!

Is that elaboration enough for you?

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