If usage share equals enthusiasm, new OS half as interesting to users as Windows 7 was in its beta stage
By Gregg Keizer
April 30, 2012 12:09 PM ET
Computerworld - Windows users appear half as interested in trying out the new Windows 8 as they did three years ago when they jumped at the chance to test drive Windows 7, data shows.
According to Web analytics company Net Applications, only 0.11% of the computers that went online last week ran Windows 8. That number -- representing 11 machines out of each 10,000 -- was the same as Windows 8 averaged in March.
And it's significantly less than Windows 7's usage share at the same point in its development history.
At the end of the first two full months after the release of Windows 7 Beta
, that operating system was powering 0.26% -- or 26 out of every 10,000 -- of the PCs that browsed the Web.
Microsoft made early versions of both Windows 8 and Windows 7 available to anyone interested enough to download and install the trials. The former, dubbed Windows 8 Consumer Preview, debuted two months ago
Sunday. Windows 7 Beta appeared in early January 2009.
It's not possible to compare Windows 8's initial uptake with that of Windows Vista, the 2007 operating system that most users shunned, and which has steadily lost share since Windows 7's October 2009 release: Computerworld
's records of Net Applications' data go back only to February 2007, one month after Vista's launch and nine months after the release of that edition's first public beta.
There are several possible explanations for the usage difference of Windows 8's and Windows 7's public previews.