Most of my clients (79 out of 100) have asked me to install Windows 7 on their brand new windows 8 laptops and pc's. That tells you something doesn't it!
Anyway I also did a clean install on my laptop, which also came with W8 preinstalled. Everything went well, including drivers. The only issue I had was 8.1 didn't like Norton Internet Security 2013. Calling Symantec about it netted me NIS 2014 for free since my subscription was less than 5 months old, and 2014 is fully compatible with 8.1.
I'll eventually move to 8.1 to the desktop. I'm already running it in VMware, but it's not the same a full fledged fully functional desktop.
Thus far all is good on the lappy.
I too have lots of folks asking me about 8, but instead of feeding into the 8 is disastrous hype, I just give them my thoughts and show them some stuff. From there they make their decision. Some of the people I talk to either stick with it if they've got it, or are moving to it. A few of my classmates have asked me about it a lot, and some have even purchased or downloaded it.
What is more interesting; IE is increasing its market share (Firefox and Chrome are both dropping).
It's over -- Internet Explorer won the browser war. Does it matter?
It's over -- Internet Explorer won the browser war. Does it matter? | Computerworld BlogsOnce upon a time Firefox and Chrome could have become king of the desktop browsers. No longer. Internet Explorer remains at the top of the heap, and it's gaining browser share each month. IE has clearly won the desktop browser war. But does it really matter?
The latest figures from NetMarketShare tell the tale. Internet Explorer has a 57.79% desktop market share to Firefox's 18.58% and Chrome's 15.98% and Safari at 5.77%. And the numbers are only getting better for Internet Explorer. In November of 2012, Internet Explorer was at 54.76%, with Firefox at 20.44% and Chrome at 17.24%. That means since then, Internet Explorer has gained more than 3%, while Firefox and Chrome combined lost nearly 3%. So month by month, Internet Explorer is picking up those who seem to be abandoning the competition.
The problem for Microsoft is that traditional PC sales have been shrinking, while sales of smartphone and tablets have continued to grow. And when it comes to mobile browsing, Internet Explorer isn't even yet in the running.
The latest NetMarketShare numbers for mobile browsers show Safari with 54.16%, the Android browser with 22.79%, Opera mini at 7.86%, Chrome at 6.33% and BlackBerry at 2.31%. Internet Explorer is at a lowly 1.95%.
It still is rather unfriendly for my eye to see any PC's or laptop with Windows 8 that doesn't have Classic Shell. I can imagine so many of those average Joe's struggling to find their programs and files on the first few days or weeks using it. A lot of these guys just bought laptops and computers with Windows 8 preinstalled, clueless of the ups and downs of this new OS and just didn't care or didn't know about it and just had to deal with it because they do not know how to downgrade that to 7 or upgrade to 8.1. This group of customers surely take a HUGE percent of Windows 8 sales, whether or not they may like it or h8 it.
I can personally keep dealing with that as long as I have Classic Shell and so does many people here but it hurts me really that some bits and pieces that I actually like were taken away from 8 then more at 8.1.
One example, the graphical way to create adhoc network is gone on Windows 8 and 8.1. You have to do the command line thing to set up and adhoc network.
As I said before, whoever in the design team at MS keeps saying that they remove this and that feature away needs to be fired and fired for good.